Amendments: Any proposed change to a bill or resolution
as it moves through the legislative process.
Assembled: To bring or call together into a group or
Bicameral: A legislature consisting of two houses, such
as the House of Representatives and the Senate.
Bills: A type of legislative measure that requires passage
by both chambers of the legislature and action by the Governor. A bill
is the primary means used to create and change the laws of a state. A
bill must be approved by both chambers of the Legislature and signed by
the Governor before it becomes law.
Candidate: A person who seeks or is nominated for an
office, prize, or honor.
Colonists: An original settler or founder of a colony.
Committee: A group of legislators, appointed by the presiding
officer of the House or the Senate, to which proposed legislation is referred
or a specific task is assigned.
Constituents: A resident of a district or member of a
group represented by an elected official. One that authorizes another
to act as a representative; a client.
Constitution: The system of fundamental laws and principles that
prescribes the nature, functions, and limits of a government or another
Debate: To engage in argument by discussing opposing
Elected: To select by vote for an office or for membership.
Elections: The process of choosing government officials
by a vote of the citizens.
Filibuster: The use of obstructionist (blocking or interrupting)
tactics, especially prolonged speechmaking, for the purpose of delaying
Historic Landmark: A building or site with historical
significance, especially one marked for preservation by a municipal or
House Chamber: A hall for the meetings of a legislative
or other assembly.
Illegal: Prohibited by law.
Immigration: To enter and settle in a country or region
to which one is not native.
Infrastructure: The basic facilities, services, and installations
needed for the functioning of a community or society, such as transportation
and communications systems, water and power lines, and public institutions
including schools, post offices, and prisons.
Legislative: Of or relating to the enactment of laws.
Legislature: The lawmaking body (group of people) of
the State of Texas. The Legislative body consists of two chambers (or
parts), the House of Representatives and the Senate.
Lt. Governor: The leader of the Texas Senate. Unique
in that he/she is part of both the Legislative and Executive branches
Podium: An elevated platform, as for an orchestra conductor
or public speaker, (e.g., a member of the Texas Legislature may speak
from a podium.)
Rebuttal: To refute, especially by offering opposing
evidence or arguments, as in a legal case, (e.g., a member of the Texas
Legislature may disagree or offer a rebuttal to proposed legislation.)
Resolution: A formal expression of opinion or decision,
other than a proposed law, that may be offered for approval to one or
both houses of the legislature by a member of the House or Senate.
Run: To compete
in a race for elected office, (e.g., a person may try to be elected to
serve in an elected office).
Senate Chamber: A hall or the meeting place of a legislative
or other assembly.
Session:The period of time during which the Texas Legislature
meets. The regular session convenes, or meets, every two years. The session
may last no more than 140 days.
Settlement: A newly colonized region.
Sine Die: Latin for "without day." The term
used to signify the end of the Legislative session.
Speaker of the House: The presiding officer of the House of Representatives
elected from and by the membership of the House at the beginning of each
Special Session: A called session, commonly referred
to as a special session, is so designated because it must be called by
the Governor. A called or special session may last no more than 30 days.
State Representative: Men and women who work at the State
Capitol in Austin who consider bills and make new laws.
Testimony: A declaration by a witness under oath, as
that given before a court or deliberative body.
Unicameral: Having or consisting of a single legislative
US Representative: Men and women who work at the Nation's
Capitol in Washington D.C. who consider bills and make new laws.
Vetoed: The rejection of an enrolled bill by the Governor.
Yield: To give way to argument, persuasion, or influence.
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