Nov 06, 2018
Nov 19, 2017 - Dec 19, 2017
The Texas State Senate is comprised of 31 members, who together, encompass the upper house of the state legislature. Each district has one senator, which equates to about 806,000 constituents per elected official. Along with the house, the senate considers proposed laws, resolutions, and amendments, in addition to appropriation of all funds for the operation for the state government. Important issues discussed in the Texas senate recently include, Medicaid, water shortages, and school funding. For more detailed discussions, senators are assigned to various standing committees (14 in total) that handle matters such as agriculture, finance, and education. The senate is led by the lieutenant governor of Texas, and the President Pro Tempore serves as the second most powerful position (assumes leadership if the Lieutenant Governor is unavailable). Senators participate in one joint committee with the house, referred to as the Legislative Budget Board. Both the house and the senate have the ability to amend the Texas Constitution, if a joint resolution is achieved by at least two-thirds of the membership in each house. The senate has the exclusive right to try all impeachment charges against a state official, while the house must bring the impeachment charges against said official. Each senator serves a term of four years (with exceptions), and there is no limit on the number of terms served. The total salary of the position is estimated at $41,000 with a flat salary of $7,200 per year in addition to “per diem” which is an allowance of $150 provided to each senator for every day in session.
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Elections Division, Secretary of State , Austin, TX, 78711, US