Learning Objectives

After reading this chapter, you should be able to understand:

  • the procedures available to legislators for blocking legislation
  • why the legislative process can be extremely slow
  • the core functions of state legislatures
  • which groups affect the legislative process and why
  • the role of constituent service
  • the structure of state legislatures
  • the redistricting process and the potential problems with this process
  • the demographic and professional composition of state legislatures
  • how professional and part-time legislatures differ
  • how the public and individual legislators view the effectiveness of term limits