The Texas Legislature meets every two years. This year, the 87th Legislature just ended its 2021 session and passed thousands of pieces of legislation. For this discussion, you will research at least two issues discussed by the 87th Legislature and will identify at least four pieces of legislation that passed.
Your presentation grade will be broken down into three parts: PowerPoint presentation, works cited, and your comments on others’ presentations. You will earn a 0 if you do not submit a power point presentation. If you do not provide the details of the bills (bill number) or discuss bills passed in prior legislative sessions, you will lose points.
Here are more details:
PowerPoint Presentation, 18 points: You will need to create a PowerPoint presentation that explains the topics you chose and details the bills you found (6 slides long), plus an additional slide for your works cited.
At the very least, you should:
- Identify the topic issues (examples of topics below) and why the topics are important to you
- Who sponsored and wrote the legislation you chose and why
- What are the implications of the legislation (i.e. who will it affect, how will Texans be affected, when does it go into effect, etc.)
- Discuss which executive and bureaucratic agencies will be responsible for implementation of said policy (if any)
- Discuss the partisanship of the legislation (which political party supports/opposes the legislation and why)
- Include any interesting tid-bits you found out
Note: Your presentation will be graded for completeness and accuracy in answering the above questions, as well as how the information is presented. Please make sure your color scheme is easy to read, that your key points stand out, and that you keep your audience (your fellow classmates) engaged. You may post your presentations as a PowerPoint or pdf file to this discussion board as an attachment when the discussion board opens for you.
Works Cited, 2 points: On the last slide of your PowerPoint presentation, you need to list the sources that you used – you must use Chicago Manual Style (CMS). Your sources must be scholarly. You may not use Wiki sites or blogs. Refrain from getting information only from politician web pages as they are biased. Your textbook may count toward your two required sources, though you must use outside sources as well. The Texas Legislature online (link (Links to an external site.)) will help. As will the Texas Tribune (link (Links to an external site.))
Issues by Topic
- Health & Human Services
- Law & Order
- Public Education
- Social Issues
- Immigration & Border Security
- Budget & Taxes
- Higher Education
(Choose two topics and find two pieces of legislation for each topic you choose)