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State legislature and the US Consitution.
Hi I'm trying to get a grip on the history and functioning of the US system of Government. One thing I'm not sure about is how much freedom states have to organise their own legislature.
I'm particularly interested in the 18th and early 19th century. (When the state legislatures were of greater importance, directly selecting senators and presidential electors).
Were the states franchises at this time considerably different (ignorring the issue of slaverey for a moment)? Did some states retain property qualifications for voting or standing for the state legislature, if so when were these dropped?
I've noticed that out of a sample size of five states, all of the sampled states have 1 senator in the state legislature for every 3 in the lower house. Are all state legislatures fixed so the upper house would be one-third that of the lower house, just like the Australian Senate has to be roughly half the Australian House of Representatives? Scott Gall 08:04, 26 May 2006 (UTC) PS: I've noticed the Canadian Senate and the Canadian House of Commons might be using a 1:3 ratio as well (or a 105:308 ratio to be more precise :-)) I thought only Australia had one of those "nexus clauses."
Many states fix the number of seats in one house to the number in the other, but those are all decisions of the states themselves, which can be changed as easily (or not) as the state constitution that creates the legislature. 220.127.116.11 (talk) 14:00, 8 August 2009 (UTC)
Other countries also have states. These states also have legislatures. - Privacy 21:25, 5 December 2006 (UTC)
I've noticed that the maps on this page show Democrat control of most of the state legislatures. In light of the recent midterm elections, someone may want to update that. As I recall, the Republicans now have control of the majority of state legislatures. --Preceding unsigned comment added by 18.104.22.168 (talk) 04:39, 15 January 2011 (UTC)
Just added this from Government of Alabama with severe edits to try to make it germane to all states, except unicameral. It may have (gulp!) started from here. Sounded awfully generalized in some places.
I don't doubt that it needs a lot of work.
Having said that, it's pretty much the same in parliaments, as well, so maybe doesn't need to be here. But I would need a link for that. Sorry to shock some of you. Having said that, please don't be too dismissive because of the volume. It needs to be somewhere. Student7 (talk) 19:57, 3 August 2012 (UTC)
In the usual conversation about US politics, the territories and other holdings of the US are rarely mentioned, and this wiki page seems to be consistent. Why aren't these other US political divisions also mentioned? For instance, Puerto Rico, though it has held a "special status" since whatever US slaughter led up to its takeover, has its own legislature, its own governor, and its own justice system, just like any state officially recognized as a state.
Why do I bring this up? Guam is a US territory, yet my understanding is that many of our federal laws do not apply there, and therefore, its citizens can be abused of basic labor and other rights. This is not meant so much as a political commentary as it is to point out the need for more inclusion of these conveniently forgotten pieces of what makes up the United States. Why should they be treated any differently than the "official states" in a discussion about, say, legislatures.
Does anyone even know exactly how many of these "special" territories, protectorates, and other items exist?
"The United States also possesses five major overseas territories: Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands in the Caribbean; and American Samoa, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands in the Pacific.(from United_States Page)."
Then there are the so-called "minor outlying islands," which should be noted as managed by one US department or another (Fish and Wildlife?) not having their own legislatures.
Another important note is that there has been, for many decades, an effort to create statehood for Washington, D.C. It might be noted in the article whatever implications there are for statehood with regards to having its own legislative body (It is hard to imagine.).