State Legislator Job Duties: A Data-Driven Learning Guide Go to Resource


While state legislators have the authority to make laws, appropriate funds, oversee the operations of other state branches (state executive and the state courts), and generally represent the people, most state constitutions are not clear on how legislators should go about accomplishing these tasks or how much time legislators should spend on any given aspect of their job.

The goal of this exercise is to learn how state legislators do their job and the constraints they face in doing their job effectively while focusing on reelection. Frequency tables and crosstabulations are used.

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Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research . State Legislator Job Duties: A Data-Driven Learning Guide. Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2009-04-16.

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