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  • 1.  You will have a do-now and transition activity after WSMS.
  • 2.  Please work on your do-now and transition activity silently. Transition Activity: make up your own bill!
  • 3.  Projecto! Tests
  • 4.  What did we do yesterday? o What activities did we do? o What information did we learn?
  • 5.  Analogies Action!
  • 6.  Unit: State & Local Govt
  • 7.  Iscivics on oreplay? and contrast Compare the legislative branch of the national govt with what you know about VA’s legislative branch.
  • 8.  Do-Now + Transition Activity Announcements + Review + HW Check VA Legislative Branch o Notes o It’s a BILL or just JOSHin’ you o Recent bills in the GA Take-Home Point
  • 9.  VA Legislative Branch
  • 10.  The legislative branch is the General Assembly, a bicameral legislature – the House of Delegates and the Virginia Senate – that meets annually for a fixed number of days The General Assembly is charged with making the laws of the state, approving “General” Assembly? I the budget, and electing guess we couldn’t agree Virginia court judges. on calling ourselves either Awesome or Stellar Assembly .
  • 11.  Right now, there are Pretty 100 members. sweet Annual salary- part-time $17,640 gig! Term length- 2 years Qualifications: o 1) at least 21 years old o 2) lives in same district as he/she represents o 3) is qualified to vote
  • 12.  Right now, there are Become a Senator! You 40 members. get to smile awkwardly Annual salary- all the $18,000 time, like I am now! Term length- 4 years Qualifications: o 1) at least 21 years old o 2) lives same district as he/she represents o 3) is qualified to vote
  • 13.  The General Assembly meets annually, beginning on the second Wednesday in January, for 60 days in even-numbered years and for 30 days in odd-numbered years, with an option to extend the annual session for a maximum of 30 days.
  • 14.  Basicallythe same steps as last time: o Introducing a bill o Working in committees o Debating the bill on the floor of each house o Voting on the bill in each house o Sending the bill to the governor to sign into law
  • 15.  Elected officials in the Virginia General Assembly write laws and take action in response to problems or issues Individuals and interest groups help shape legislation
  • 16.  Education o Why it’s a big issue- to promote an informed and engaged population o Example-by establishing minimum standards for local schools Public health o Why- to promote and protect the health of its citizens o Example- by funding health benefits Environment o Why- to protect natural resources o Example- by improving water quality in the Chesapeake Bay
  • 17.  State budget o Why- to approve a biennial (two year) budget prepared by the governor Revenue o Why- to levy and collect taxes
  • 18.  True/False
  • 19.  Blueis true; red is false Read the statement and hold up your card.
  • 20.  To run for the House of Delegates, you need to be at least 21 years old.
  • 21.  Gun control is a primary issue in Virginia govt.
  • 22.  Ms.Mitchem wants to retire by the time she’s 40. She wants to get a part-time job in the General Assembly. She should run for state Senate.
  • 23.  A bill goes through both houses of the General Assembly at the same time.
  • 24.  You don’t need to be a U.S. Citizen to run for the House of Delegates.
  • 25. are 535 people in Virginia’s There lawmaking body.
  • 26.  Virginia judges are appointed by the governor.
  • 27.  From dumblaws.com: o Police radar detectors are illegal. o It is illegal to tickle women. o No animal may be hunted for on Sunday with the exception of raccoons, which may be hunted until 2:00 AM. Local laws in VA: o In Prince William County, no person may keep a skunk as a pet. o In Norfolk, spitting on a sea gull is not tolerated. o In Culpeper, no one may wash a mule on the sidewalk. In South Dakota, it is illegal to lie down and fall asleep in a cheese factory. In Nebraska, it is illegal for bar owners to sell beer unless they are simultaneously brewing a kettle of soup.
  • 28.  HB1407 Punishment for underage drinking and driving; penalty. Provides that "zero tolerance" (0.02% BAC) underage drinking and driving is punishable as a Class 1 misdemeanor. Currently, the punishment is loss of license for six months and a fine of no more than $500. This bill provides that the punishment must include forfeiture of such persons license to operate a motor vehicle for a period of one year from the date of conviction and either a mandatory minimum fine of $500 or 50 hours of community service. HISTORY 02/22/11 House: Signed by Speaker 02/23/11 Senate: Signed by President 03/26/11 Governor: Approved by Governor
  • 29.  Looking at recent bills in the General Assembly
  • 30.  Iscivics on oreplay? and contrast Compare the legislative branch of the national govt with what you know about VA’s legislative branch.