Legislative Policy

Signature Assignment 2 (Unit 4): Legislative Policy Paper

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Paper must be double spaced, with 12 point font and include section headers for each of the paper sections noted below (Three Representational Roles and Role You Choose, Influence of Legislative Leaders, Rank and Explain Influences of Institutional Factors, and Explain Your Vote)

Objective: The objective for this assignment is for students to understand and critically analyze the multiple pressures on policy makers in Texas as they most listen to their leaders, the governor, the voters (social responsibility) and their own conscience (personal responsibility) in deciding how to cast their vote on a controversial issue.

Assignment: You have recently been elected as a Republican to the Texas Senate from a competitive district (even number of Democrats, Republicans and Independents) just outside of Dallas. One of the first bills that you must vote on is Senate Bill 3- a Bill to forbid the creation of sanctuary cities (protecting undocumented immigrants from deportation). Your constituents support the bill as does the Governor your party, but you oppose it on grounds that most undocumented Texans are hardworking people who want to become legal citizens. The Speaker of the House opposes the bill as well.

In explaining how you will vote on the bill, be sure to explain the following:

What Representational Role you will adopt (trustee, delegate or politico). (Unit 4 Written Lectures, Slide 4-25). Be sure to discuss all three representational roles.
How will the Speaker of the House, the Lt. Governor and Governor of Texas influence the fate of the bill? (Unit 4 Written Lectures, Slides 4-9, 4-10, 4-18 & 4-22 )
How do you think constituents might try to influence your vote? (Unit 4 Written Lectures, Slide 4-20)
Which factors noted above and in your notes (constituents, governor, party leaders and your own opinion) will influence your vote? Rank them in importance. (Unit 4, Written Lectures, Slide 4-20, 4-21)
Will you vote for or against the bill? Please explain your answer thoroughly. You should refer back to the representational role here. (Unit 4 Written Lectures, Slide 4-25)

The paper should include subject headers (ie. Representational Roles, Influence of Legislative Leaders, etc.)

Assessment: Your Assignment will be assessed based on the following rubric.

 

 

 

Percent

 

0 %

 

60%

 

80%

 

100%

 

Representational Roles

 

25%

 

No Effort

 

Notes at least one of three roles or lists, but does not explain all three.

 

Discusses all three roles, but does not apply to issue.

 

Thoroughly explains each role as well as why and how they chose to vote.

 

How do different people influence public policy?

 

25%

 

No Effort

 

Limited discussion of how each institutional factor can influence their decision.

 

Lists all people, but limited discussion of how they influence or does not discuss all people.

 

Thoroughly explains how leaders, governor, citizens and personal opinion can influence decision.

 

Rank and Explain Influences of institutional factors.

 

20%

 

No Effort

 

Ranks institutional factors, but limited explanation or does not rank all factors.

 

Ranks institutional factors, but does not thoroughly explain ranking of each.

 

Notes ranking of each institutional factor and thoroughly explains why each is ranked.

 

Explain your vote.

 

15%

 

No Effort

 

Yes or no vote with no explanation.

 

Yes or no vote with no reference to representational role and/ or institutional factors.

 

Expresses yes or no vote and explains importance of representational role and institutional factors.

 

Grammar/ Structure

 

10%

 

No Effort

 

Numerous grammatical and typographical errors, no headers.

 

Some grammatical and/ or typographical errors and/ or no headers.

 

Well written and well organized

 

Format

 

5%

 

No Effort

 

Not double spaced and not long enough.

 

Not double spaced or not long enough.

 

Double spaced and correct length.

Rubric
Copy of Rubric for Signature Assignment 2 (1)
Copy of Rubric for Signature Assignment 2 (1)
Criteria Ratings Pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome
Representational Roles

25.0 pts
Outstanding!
Thoroughly explains each role as well as why and how they chose to vote

20.0 pts
Above Average
Discusses all three roles, but does not apply to issue.

15.0 pts
Average
Notes at least one of three roles or lists, but does not explain all three.

0.0 pts
None
No Effort

25.0 pts

 

This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome
Policy Influences

25.0 pts
Outstanding!
Thoroughly explains how leaders, governor, citizens and personal opinion can influence decision.

20.0 pts
Above Average
Lists all people, but limited discussion of how they influence or does not discuss all people.

15.0 pts
Average
Limited discussion of how each institutional factor can influence their decision.

0.0 pts
None
No Effort

25.0 pts

 

This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome
Rank Influences

20.0 pts
Outstanding!
Notes ranking of each institutional factor and thoroughly explains why each is ranked.

16.0 pts
Above Average
Ranks institutional factors, but does not thoroughly explain ranking of each.

12.0 pts
Average
Ranks institutional factors, but limited explanation or does not rank all factors.

0.0 pts
None
No Effort

20.0 pts

 

This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome
Explain your vote

15.0 pts
Outstanding!
Expresses yes or no vote and explains importance of representational role and institutional factors.

12.0 pts
Above Average
Yes or no vote with no reference to representational role and/ or institutional factors.

9.0 pts
Average
Yes or no vote with no explanation.

0.0 pts
None
No Effort

15.0 pts

 

This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome
Grammar/Structure

10.0 pts
Outstanding!
Well written and well organized

8.0 pts
Above Average
Some grammatical and/ or typographical errors and/ or no headers.

6.0 pts
Average
Numerous grammatical and typographical errors, no headers.

0.0 pts
None
No Effort.

10.0 pts

 

This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome
Format

5.0 pts
Outstanding!
Double spaced and correct length.

4.0 pts
Above Average
Not double spaced or not long enough.

3.0 pts
Average
Not double spaced and not long enough.

0.0 pts
No Marks

5.0 pts

 

Total Points: 100.0

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