Join the Network for June 7 Lobby Day

Help Educate Our Legislators on
Critical Issues and Policy Priorities

The Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey’s (the Network) is holding their annual Lobby Day on Thursday, June 7, 2012 in the Trenton Statehouse, Room 103 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Participants will meet with their legislative representatives to educate them about housing and community development issues and build support for the Network’s policy priorities. Groups may also attend legislative hearings.

Materials and agenda will be e-mailed to all registrants closer to the event date. Please remember to bring proper ID to enter the State House and allow sufficient time to go through the new State House security process.

Click here to register for Lobby Day.

Click here for a printable flyer.

Click here for a list of Assembly and Senate committee meetings scheduled for June 7 (please note this list is subject to change.)

For more information on Lobby Day, please email Nina Arce.

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Outline: The Constitution - Article 1 (The Legislature)

Big Ideas:

  • Legislative Branch
    • Congress
      • House of Representatives
      • Senate
    • Legislation
      • One house originates bill
      • Other house amends or approves bill
      • President approves or vetoes bill
    • Powers
      • Taxation
      • Budgeting
      • Regulation
      • Infrastructure
      • Legislation
      • Declaring war
    • Limits
      • No punishments without trial
      • No unequal taxation or regulation
      • No titles of nobility


  • Article 1 – The Legislative Branch (Congress)
    • Sect. 1 – Legislative powers:
      • Senate
      • House of Representative
    • Sect. 2 – The House of Representatives
      • Elected by the people of the state
        • Every 2 years
      • Requirements
        • At least 25 years old
          • (26th Amendment drops limit to 18.)
        • A U.S. citizen for at least 7 years
        • A resident of state they represent
      • Number of representatives for each state depends on that state’s population
        • At least one each
        • One representative for every 30,000 people
      • Replacements will be voted for by people of the state as needed
      • House chooses Speaker and other officers
        • Has sole power to impeach
    • Sect. 3 – The Senate
      • Elected by state legislature
        • (17th Amendment lets the people of the state vote.)
        • Every 6 years
      • Two senators for each state
        • Each senator gets 1 vote
      • Divided into three classes
        • First voted for each second year
        • Second voted for each fourth year
        • Third voted for each sixth year
      • Replacements appointed by state legislature – or governor
        • (17th Amendment lets the people of the state vote.)
      • Requirements
        • At least 30 years old
        • A U.S. citizen for at least 9 years
        • A resident of state they represent
      • Vice-President of U.S. is President of the Senate
        • Only gets to vote as tie-breaker
      • Chooses substitute Senate President and other officers
        • Sole power to try impeachments
          • Chief Justice presides
          • At least 2/3 Senate must be present
          • Can only remove officer from office and disqualify from other offices
            • Officer is still liable to other courts
    • Sect. 4 – Election and assembly of legislators
      • Method of election is decided by each state
      • Congress must meet at least once a year
    • Sect. 5 – Procedure
      • A majority must be present for a house to conduct business
      • Each houses determines:
        • Its own rules
        • Punishments for disorderly behavior
        • Expulsion of members
          • with 2/3 agreement
      • Each house must keep record of proceedings
        • Including votes on measures
        • Must publish (censored for secrecy)
      • Adjourning
        • No more than 3 days at a time
        • Must resume in Capitol
    • Sect. 6 – Notes
      • Privileges
        • Payment
          • From treasury
        • Immunity from arrest during session
          • Except for treason, felony or “breach of peace”
        • Not liable for words spoken in session
      • Limitations
        • Cannot simultaneously hold any other office
    • Sect. 7 – Legislation
      • Budget/taxation bills must originate with House of Reps
        • Must be approved by Senate
      • Both House of Reps and Senate must approve Bills
        • Must be approved by President
          • Automatically law if not returned in 10 days
          • Not a law if not received by Congress after presidential approval
      • If President vetos, bill is returned to house the house that wrote it
        • Reconsidered
          • 2/3 must approve
        • Sent to other house
          • 2/3 must approve
        • Made law without President
    • Sect. 8 – Congressional power
      • Collecting taxes, duties, imposts and excises
        • For:
          • Debt payment
          • Common Defense
          • General welfare
        • Collection must be “uniform” across country
      • Borrowing money on U.S. credit
      • Regulating trade between states and with other nations
      • Establishing uniform laws for naturalization and bankruptcy
      • Creating and regulate currency
      • Punishing counterfeiting
      • Creating post offices and postal roads
      • Creating science and art copyrights
      • Establishing courts below the Supreme Court
      • Punishing piracy and felonies at sea
      • Declaring war and obtaining lands and waters
      • Raising armies
        • Army budgets can only last 2 years at a time
      • Maintaining a navy
      • Making rules for the military
      • Maintaining and calling a militia for:
        • Enforcing laws
        • Suppressing insurrection
        • Repelling invasion
      • Training and regulating militias
      • Legislating for Washington D.C.
      • Making laws for the execution of these powers
    • Sect. 9 – Limitations
      • Can’t prohibit trade of slaves
        • But can place a maximum $10 duty after 1808
        • (13th Amendment ended slavery)
      • Can’t prevent a detained person’s right to trial
        • Except in cases of public safety
      • Can’t punish or find anyone guilty of a crime without a trial (Bill of Attainer) or punish someone for a past act that wasn’t yet illegal when committed (Ex Post Facto Law)
      • Must tax in proportion to populations
      • Can’t tax state exports
      • Trade laws and taxes can’t favor one state over another
      • Money can only be taken from the treasury legally
        • Accounts must be published
      • No titles of nobility
        • No gifts can be accepted from foreign governments
    • Sect. 10 – Limits of State Legislatures
      • Can’t
        • Enter treaties, alliances or Confederations
        • Target foreign vessels (Letters of Marque and Reprisal)
        • Create currency
        • Recognize legal tender other than gold and silver
        • Punish someone for a past act that wasn’t yet illegal when committed (Ex Post Facto Law)
        • Prevent the fulfillment of contracts
        • Give titles of nobility
      • Need consent of Congress for:
        • Imposts and duties on imports and exports
          • Net goes to U.S. Treasury
          • Congress may review
        • Lay a duty on tonnage
        • Keep troops or warships in times of peace
        • Enter agreements with other states or foreign powers
        • Engage in war
          • Unless invaded or in imminent danger
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Questions About the House of Representatives

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How can a worldling change a state law about construction contracts in Oklahoma City?
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There are various aspects pertaining to the House speaking of Representatives which may be difficult to understand. One may ask a lawyer in such situations and hear more tutorship some you.

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