Texas is the second most populous state as well as the second largest state in the United States of America (Brown, Langenegger, Garcia, Lewis, & Biles, 2014). With a huge number of people currently calling Texas their home, it would make sense to draw the conclusion that the Texas government must make this state a great place to live by serving its citizens to the best of its abilities. However, it is best not to make assumptions and in order to ascertain whether the local government actually fulfills this role we must look at multiple aspects of the government.
The most influential interest groups in Texas are the ones that are most directly affecting its citizens and provide them with the most benefits. The groups with the most funding and aggressive lobbyists tend to be the most effective (Jilson 70). The Oil and Gas Association is a very important group in Texas since their industry plays a huge role in our economy (enotes). Another one powerful group in Texas is the Texans for Law Reform. Both of these groups have one thing in common, and that is they spend a large sum of money on lobbying.
The two states of Texas and California have vastly different methods of taxation and they also differ in how they spend these taxes collected. In the past, many people packed up and moved out west to California because they saw it as the land of opportunity, but recently, this trend has changed as many individuals and businesses have been moving from California down to Texas. This is a relevant point to discuss because this movement has much to do with how California and Texas both tax their citizens. Texas prefers a regressive tax system, which taxes citizens by letting the taxes fall as the tax base increases, California implements the opposite method through more progressive taxes. While citizens may prefer Texas’s system of limited taxation, this also severely effects what services the government is able to provide to its citizens, which is why I would argue for slightly higher taxes so that Texas can obtain more benefits in the long run.
The law bicameral: Two houses make up the Texas legislature. 150 deputies and 31 senators met for 140 days in odd numbered years. The founders did not go the way of the traditional aristocracy, but favored a bicameral legislature through great compromise. This effectively created two houses. Congress (the Senate), would have equal representation between countries. The house of representatives (lower house), will more accurately reflect the state's population. In case over spending bills requiring both chambers approve or pass a specific law, where the house is considered more partisan, has been awarded the following powers: The beginning of expenditure or collect money, the power to accuse the officials, and the power to elect the president
There are five people that represent Texas in which there are the U.S. Senators, the U.S. State Representative, the State Senator, and the State Representative which quickest method for obtaining this information is by typing in your zip code or local district in your state. Because of the New Jersey Plan, two people must be elected at-large and represent as a U.S. Senator which John Cornyn and Ted Cruz both represent the entire state of Texas. These Senators represent the interests of their states’ citizens as they write and support legislation along with voting on bills. The U.S. Senators spend most of the time in Washington, D.C., but must still go to their home state to keep in touch with the needs of their citizens in which they also
Amaya 2 Marlene M. Amaya Professor Sharifian GOVT-2306-73011 5 May 2018 The Committees I will be discussing the three committees that I would potentially serve in the Texas House and Senate; should I be elected for the position and or positions. There are several committees in the Texas House and the Senate that all play a significant role in the services and aid provided to the residents of each state; particularly speaking when it comes to the state of Texas. I will explain the functions of each committee and why my placement in such committees are justified. Additionally, the reason it serves my district’s needs, and how it emphasizes my experience and interests. As well as, the constituent service I would be most inclined to do, the type
Rupchan Simkhada Sherry Sharifian Govt 2306 4th May 2018 When You Win “The Committees of Texas House are: Agriculture & Livestock, Business & Industry, Calendars, Corrections, County Affairs, Criminal Jurisprudence, Culture, Recreation & Tourism, Cybersecurity, Defense & Veterans' Affairs, Economic & Small Business Development Economic Competitiveness, Elections, Energy Resources, Higher Education, Homeland Security & Public Safety, Insurance, International Trade & Intergovernmental Affairs, Investments & Financial Services, Pensions, Public Education, Public Health, Transportation, Higher Education Formula Funding, Interim, Partnership Advisory Commission, State Water Implementation Fund for Texas Advisory etc.”( house.state.tx.us)
The Texas Parent PAC is a bipartisan political actions committee for parents, grandparents, and many more who support high quality public education. It was founded by five PTA mothers in 2005, who wanted more state representatives and senators to speak up for students and public schools. Currently serving at the Texas Capitol are 48 legislators that the Texas Parent PAC helped win elections. About 95 percent of funds contributed to Texas Parent PAC are used in support of campaigns.
The state is made up of different sectors all in existence and intertwined each other. The constitution serves many functions in the operations of the government and the life of the people governed. The document houses the rules of the land and the conditions governing the way the various sectors of the economy react and act in a mutual status. The constitution is the key to the viable existence of the people of Texas providing the fundamental rules and laws for the inception and operations of legal laws (Brown et al., 2014). Likewise, the constitution outlines the underlying breakdown of the way the individual powers and limits to the powers in place exist.
Texas was loyal to Democratic Party for a long period of time due to a number of reasons. First, it has to be recognized that Democratic Party played pivotal role in political development of Texas dating back to the time when the white Americans first settled there. This made Texan Democrats evolve from a loose political association into an organized party. Another reason why Texas remained a stronghold of the Democratic Party was the unavailability of a second party to rival them throughout much of the state's history (Alwyn, 1971). Democratic Party was the only viable party in Texas from 1836 up to 1952. This made them dominate politics at all levels. Politics in Texas revolved around personalities rather than political parties (Alwyn, 1971).
In this essay I will compare and contrast the different legislative agendas of various interest groups involved with the Texas Government. An interest group (also called an advocacy group, lobbying group, pressure group, or special interest) is a collection of members that are determined to encourage or prevent changes in public policy without trying to be elected. The essay will discuss the four kinds of interest groups, trade, professional, single and public, as well as provide one detailed example of each type. It includes examples from the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers, Texas AFT, MADD and TexPIRG interest groups, which are just a few of the many groups in existence out, but it provides an idea of what different types of
Texas is a state that has always been recognized for its size and politics. Elections are a huge part of democratic societies that are intended for citizens to choose their public leaders and approve the policies set by candidates. Political parties and interest groups also play a key role in shaping opportunities for public participation. Most Texans and historians know that the Democratic Party’s historical dominance is important to state politics. It is less likely that people are not aware of the consequences of the one-party system for public participation and democracy in Texas. Like many of the rim South states, the white elitist belonged to the Democratic Party which stemmed from the end of Reconstruction until the late 20th