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Broadside 1971-04 - Page 4. April, 1971. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. April 17, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/1988/show/1980.

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Title Broadside 1971-04
Publisher National Organization for Women, Houston Chapter
Date April, 1971
Description Vol. 2 No. 4
Subject.Topical (LCSH)
  • Women--Political activity--Texas--Houston--Periodicals
  • Women--Texas--Periodicals
  • Women--Texas--Houston--Periodicals
  • Feminism--United States--Periodicals
  • National Organization for Women--Periodicals
Subject.Geographic (TGN)
  • Houston, Texas
Genre (AAT)
  • Periodicals
Language English
Physical Description 12 page periodical
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Original Item Location http://library.uh.edu/record=b3767173~S11
Digital Collection Houston and Texas Feminist and Lesbian Newsletters
Digital Collection URL http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist
Repository Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
Repository URL http://info.lib.uh.edu/about/campus-libraries-collections/special-collections
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Title Page 4
Subject.Topical (LCSH)
  • Women--Political activity--Texas--Houston--Periodicals
  • Women--Texas--Periodicals
  • Women--Texas--Houston--Periodicals
  • Feminism--United States--Periodicals
  • National Organization for Women--Periodicals
Original Item Location http://library.uh.edu/record=b3767173~S11
Repository Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
Use and Reproduction Educational use only, no other permissions given. Copyright to this resource is held by the content creator, author, artist or other entity, and is provided here for educational purposes only. It may not be reproduced or distributed in any format without written permission of the copyright owner. For more information please see the UH Digital Library Fair Use policy on the “About” page of this website.
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Transcript getting straight TEXAS' LEGISLATIVE PROCESS by Betty Barnes (Betty has a master's degree in political science from the University of Rochester and teaches government at San Jacinto Junior College.) The route of any bill in the Texas legislature is fraught with peril. Many people seem unaware of the many obstacles facing any bill. This essay attempts to briefly outline these obstacles so that members may better realize why OUR bills are likely to fail. The regular session of the legislature is held only every two years; a session is 140 working days. All business must be completed by the morning of the l4lst day. The legislature can meet in special sessions(a special session is 30 days); however, these can be called only by the Governor, who also sets the agenda for the session. During a legislative session, the most powerful figures in the legislature are the presiding officers of the two houses: the Speaker of the House and the Lieutenant Governor. The Speaker is an elected representative from some representative district in the state. He is elected to the post by the other representatives in the House. The Lieutenant Governor is elected by all the voters of the state. The powers of the Speaker and the Lieutenant Governor have a great influence on the passage or failure of a bill. In the House, the Speaker appoints the membership of all standing committees, the chairmen of all these committees. He assigns bills to committees and directs debate. The Lieutenant Governor has the same powers in the Senate. Therefore, the major committees are dominated by the presiding officers' political friends and allies. A bill can originate in either house or in both houses at the same time. It must be introduced by a representative in the House and by a Senator in the Senate. After being introduced, the bill is assigned to a standing committee for study. The assignment is made by the presiding officer. If he does not like a bill he will assign it to a hostile committee which will kill it. Assigning a bill to a standing committee is called the "first reading." The standing committee is supposed to "study" the bill and decide whether it is worth the attention of the whole house. Whether the committee will consider the bill or not, however, depends primarily on the chairman of the committee. The chairman arranges the agenda of any committee meeting, and if he does not place the bill on the agenda, it will probably never be heard. If the committee does consider the bill, there will be a public hearing on the bill—but with little notice given to the public concerning when and where the hearing is to be. Somewhere in the process of "study" the bill may be assigned to a subcommittee(chosen by the chairman) which will also study the bill and,report recommendations on the treatment of the bill to the whole committee when the chairman of the standing committee so requests. In order for the bill to progress any further, there must be a vote by the standing committee on the bill. If a majority are in favor of the bill, it is sent to the floor of the house. If a majority vote against the bill, it is nearly always killed. Although there do exist provisions for minority reports and discharging a bill from a hostile committee, these provisions are {continued next page)