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This comprehensive volume examines the historic and contemporary role of the state legislatures and assemblies of all 50 states, offering insight into important details of how each of these legislative bodies functions.
· A narrative chronology of the development of state legislatures in America from the colonial era to the present, including remarkable stories and traditions of the nation's legislative bodies
· Easy-to-follow graphics depicting, for example, how a bill becomes a law and how the separation of powers and the principle of checks and balances define the relationship among the branches of government
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State legislatures are at the heart of the American political system. Scenes of both flamboyant partisanship and innovative compromise, state legislatures often take the lead on issues affecting the entire nation, engaging in a dynamic give-and-take with Washington in the course of making laws that shape our lives.About the Author:
Thomas H. Little, PhD, is director of curriculum development and research for the State Legislative Leaders Foundation, Centerville, MA.
David B. Ogle is an independent consultant on legislative process and organization and democracy development. He is the author of two books on American state legislatures, has written numerous monographs, articles, and reports on legislative organization, management, and process and civic education.
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