This class will discuss how a bill becomes a law by examining several bills that were considered by several bills that were recently considered by the Maryland General Assembly. (Legislation before the U.S. Congress will also be included in the syllabus.) Public policy considerations, the politics of the legislative process, statutory interpretation, and the drafting of legislation and amendments will be discussed. The principal writing assignment will consist of drafting a bill, presenting written and verbal testimony on it at a mock hearing during class, and preparing a strategy memo on how to secure the bill's passage.
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Master of the Senate
ISBN: 9780394720951 Print edition (preferred) or online subscription
We will be discussing the chapters detailing then Senator Lyndon Johnson's role in passing civil rights legislation 1957. This law was the forerunner of the civil rights legislation in the 1960's and afterwards.