Chapters 4 &10

Oklahoma American Legion Boys State
LECTURE OUTLINE
“The Oklahoma Legislature”
“The Funding of Oklahoma Government”
Chapters 4 &10

CHAPTER 4: The Legislature

 

            Bicameralism and Make-up of Oklahoma’s Legislature

  • Nebraska’s Unicameral Legislature
  • Numbers of Members of the Houses
  • Term Limits
  • Districts and Reapportionment

Duties of the Legislature

  • 4 Different Kinds of Legislation and Their Functions:
    • Bills
    • Joint Resolutions
    • Concurrent Resolutions
    • Simple Resolutions
  • How Ideas Become Laws:
    • Drafting
    • Readings
    • The Committee System
    • Passage by Both Houses
    • Gubernatorial Action / Veto Overrides

The Role of the People in Policy

  • Initiative
  • Referendum

Sessions of the Legislature

  • Regular Sessions
  • Special Sessions

Organization and Leadership of the Legislature

  • Qualifications to be Senators and Representatives
  • Majority vs. Minority Parties
  • The Role of the Lieutenant Governor in the Senate
  • The Role of the Various Leadership Offices
  • Privileges and Immunities of Legislators in Session
  • Specific Duties of the Speaker and President Pro Tempore

Non-Lawmaking Duties of the Legislature

  • Initiating Investigations
  • Confirmation of Gubernatorial Appointments
  • Impeachment and Conviction

 

CHAPTER 10: The Funding of Oklahoma Government

 

            Brief Overview of Tax Theory, Federalism, and National Economy:

  • Tax Base
    • Economic Strength Dictating Tax Policy
    • Borrowing Money and Deficit Spending
  • The Different Kinds of Taxes
    • Income Taxes
      • Personal
      • Corporate
      • The 16th Amendment
    • Sales Tax
    • Gross Production Taxes
    • General Property Taxes
    • Special Excise Taxes (Sin Taxes)
    • Special Fees and Non-Tax Revenues
    • Municipal Corporation Activities
    • Bond Funding
    • Interest on Investments
  • Budgeting at the State and Local Levels
    • Balanced vs. Deficit Budgets

 

BE SURE TO REVIEW KEY TERMS IN THE GLOSSARY FOR EACH CHAPTER!!!