Tx Govt Ch 7 Vocab

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Reapportionment

The redrawing of district and precinct lines following the national census to reflect population changes.

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Ex officio

Holding a position automatically because one also holds some other office.

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Gerrymander

A district or precinct that is drawn specifi cally to favor some political party, candidate, or ethnic group.

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Cracking

A gerrymandering technique in which concentrated political or ethnic minority groups are split into several districts so that their votes in any one district are negligible.

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Packing

Gerrymandering technique in which members of partisan or minority groups are concentrated into one district, thereby ensuring that the group will influence only one election rather than several.

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Pairing

Placing two incumbent office-holders in the same elective district through redistricting. This is usually done to eliminate political enemies.

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Incumbent

The current holder of an office.

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Descriptive representation

The idea that legislative bodies should represent not only voters’ political views but also the demographic and geographic characteristics that affect their political perspectives.

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Term limits

Restrictions on the number of times that a politician can be reelected to an office or the number of years that a person may hold a particular office.

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Retainers

Fees charged by lawyers. Some special interest groups place lawyer- legislators on retainer with the intent of legally compromising their objectivity on important matters of public policy.

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The Lobby

The collective characteriza-tion of the most politically and economically powerful special interest groups in the state.

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Standing committees

Permanent committees that function throughout the legislative session.

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Subcommittees

Divisions of a committee that consider specifi c subtopics of a committee’s primary jurisdiction.

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Conference committee

An ad- hoc committee that meets to resolve differences between Senate and House versions of the same legislation.

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Interim committee

Committee that meets be-tween legislative sessions.

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Joint committee

Committee that includes members of both houses.

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Ad- hoc committee

A temporary committee.