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  Unicameral or Bicameral State Legislatures - House Research
Legislators in a unicameral system are more accountable to the electorate, because the simplicity and directness of the unicameral legislative process encourages citizens to pay attention to legislative activity and permits them to better follow and understand the actions of their representatives.
In a unicameral legislature, decisions are made in public settings--either in standing committees or on the floor--where legislators speak and vote in full view of the media and the public.
Nebraska's unicameral legislature is not notably efficient in processing legislation; in fact, legislative sessions in Minnesota are shorter than they are in Nebraska, where repetitive floor debates on bills compensate for the absence of the safeguards provided by a second house and conference committees.
www.house.leg.state.mn.us /hrd/pubs/uni_bicam.htm   (5788 words)

  Unicameralism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Unicameralism is the practice of having only one legislative or parliamentary chamber.
Many countries with unicameral legislatures are often small and homogeneous unitary states and consider an upper house or second chamber unnecessary.
Some of the subnational entities with unicameral legislatures include Nebraska in the United States, Queensland in Australia, all of the provinces and territories in Canada, and all of the German Bundesländer (Bavaria having abolished its Senate in 1999).
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Unicameral   (543 words)

 eMedicine - Unicameral Bone Cyst : Article Excerpt by: Charles T Mehlman, DO, MPH
A unicameral bone cyst (UBC) is a common benign fluid-filled lesion found almost exclusively in children.
Solitary unicameral bone cyst is a lesion sui generis.
Correspondingly, solitary unicameral bone cyst ought no longer to be classed as an expression of localized fibrocystic disease of bone or localized fibrous osteodystrophy—likewise blanket designations dating from a more primitive era of bone pathology.
www.emedicine.com /orthoped/byname/unicameral-bone-cyst.htm   (672 words)

 Unicameral Legislatures: Debatabase - Debate Topics and Debate Motions
Furthermore, unicameral models exist within federal systems; the German Bundeslander, Nebraska’s state congress in the USA and Queensland in Australia are ‘unicameral’ – the legislature has only one house.
Some unicameral legislatures aren’t cheap – the important thing is the number of politicians, not the number of houses.
Unicameral legislatures sometimes offer more opportunity to politicians to speak their mind and act independently.
www.idebate.org /debatabase/topic_details.php?topicID=331   (1050 words)

 ASLCS - The Journal - NE Unicameral Legislature: A Comparison with MN Bicameral Legislature
The Unicameral uses four regions (corresponding to the state's four former congressional districts) to allocate seats on the Committee on Committees (12 seats, three per region) and on all other standing committees (generally two per region).
The Unicameral does not have special calendars to expedite the passage of important or noncontroversial bills and does not suspend the constitution or legislative rules to accelerate passage of bills-practices that are common in the Minnesota Legislature.
The Unicameral attempts to avoid the hasty passage of numerous key budget bills in the closing hours of session by requiring that general (omnibus) fiscal bills pass weeks before the last day of session.
www.ncsl.org /programs/legman/aslcs/unicam98.htm   (7639 words)

 Search Results for "Unicameral"
Each province was to have an elected legislature (bicameral in six provinces and unicameral in five), with a ministry responsible to it.
Mizoram is governed by a chief minister and a cabinet responsible to a unicameral elected legislature and by a governor appointed by the president of...
Tripura is governed by a chief minister and cabinet responsible to an elected unicameral legislature.
www.bartleby.com /cgi-bin/texis/webinator/sitesearch?FILTER=&query=Unicameral   (276 words)

 MSN Encarta - Search Results - unicameral
Unicameral System, government having or consisting of a single legislative chamber.
The highest legislative authority in Lithuania is the Seimas, or parliament, a single-chamber body composed of 141 members elected to four-year terms...
Portugal is a republic with a president and a unicameral (single-chamber) legislature.
encarta.msn.com /unicameral.html   (92 words)

 MPR: Unicameral Has Few Fans in Rural Minnesota
Unicameral supporters like Senator Cal Larson concede the unicameral proposal is going to have a tough time gaining passage this year.
Advocates of the unicameral form of government argue that the people should at least be given a chance to vote on the issue.
Unicameral legislation has already been defeated in the Senate Elections Committee by a 7-4 vote and was passed on to the Government Operations Committee without recommendation.
news.mpr.org /features/200002/29_rehab_unicameral-m   (773 words)

 LWVMN Testimony Opposing a Unicameral Legislature   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
It is our opinion that a unicameral legislature does not provide sufficient checks and balances in the legislative process - the slower, more deliberative process of a bicameral legislature is more likely to produce good legislation.
A unicameral legislature would be less likely to represent the complexity of interests and diversity of all Minnesota residents.
Restructuring to a unicameral legislature seems to be a disproportionate response to the stated problems.
www.lwvmn.org /Testimony20000207_Unicameral.asp   (723 words)

 ASLCS - The Journal - A Unicameral Legislature
Unicameral and Nonpartisan - the two basic tenets that have been the basis of making laws in Nebraska for nearly 60 years.
The idea of a unicameral legislature in Nebraska emerged at the turn of the century.2 The issue was introduced, discussed, and debated during several legislative sessions between 1913 and 1933.
Richard Marvel, the Nebraska Legislature's first two-term speaker, concluded in his doctoral thesis that "decision-making in the unicameral was a complex operation involving a struggle between the conservative and liberal elements of the state."9 Marvel also concluded that moderation highlighted the decision-making process.
www.ncsl.org /programs/legman/aslcs/odonspg96.htm   (3694 words)

 Minnesota Legislative News   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
Georgia, bicameral as a colony, converted to a unicameral legislature in its 1777 constitution, apparently influenced by the action in Pennsylvania.
Unicameralism on the state level had its first success in 1934, when Nebraska adopted a constitutional amendment creating a very small, nonpartisan unicameral legislature.
Fearing that the unicameral option would lead to the defeat of the whole constitution, the idea was made a separate ballot issue and was defeated, garnering 44% of the vote.
www.legal-ledger.com /archive/1015prim.htm   (2085 words)

 Local legislators have mixed feelings, at best, about unicameral government
What bothers him about unicameral government is that power goes into the hands of fewer people, he said.
Foley said he believes conference committees, often the focal point of criticism of unicameral proponents, in general tend to be more open with freer discussion than otherwise, he said.
Junge, a unicameral supporter, said when she votes on a bill she wants to know that’s the form that the law will go into effect.
www.hometownsource.com /capitol/1999/july/0712single.html   (1046 words)

 Nebraska's unicameral system dates back to the early 1930s
Nebraska’s unicameral Legislature — the only single-house legislature in the nation — may trace it origins to the desire to have a drink and place a bet.
It’s also been said the unicameral Legislature’s ability to act quickly is one of it’s strengths and one of it’s weaknesses, he said.
The only reason that Nebraska has a unicameral legislature to begin with, Kristensen believes, is that state voters can place proposed constitutional amendments on the ballot through a petition process.
www.hometownsource.com /capitol/1999/july/0712nebraska.html   (673 words)

 Search Results for unicameral - Encyclopædia Britannica
It may be a unicameral body with one chamber or a bicameral body with two chambers.
The unicameral legislature is composed of the House of Assembly, containing elected...
Unicameral bone cyst affects the long bones or heel bones in children and adolescents and is frequently detected...
www.britannica.com /search?query=unicameral&submit=Find&source=MWTEXT   (403 words)

 The Manila Times Internet Edition | OPINION > Why federal, unicameral, presidential setup is ideal   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
As for the idea of a unicameral legislature that entails the abolition of the Senate, this was the recommendation of the business community in many conferences in the last several years.
A unicameral legislative body avoids the gridlock in legislation between two uncooperative chambers.
A one chamber legislature will also remove the pretense of a nationally elected senate whose members, by reason of their presumptuous hold on a national constituency, believe it is their duty to pick up a fight with the executive at every turn.
www.manilatimes.net /national/2004/jul/01/yehey/opinion/20040701opi7.html   (1336 words)

 Frequently Asked Questions   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
Although generally referred to as the "legislature" or the "Unicameral," the Senate is the legislative body that was retained following the 1937 reorganization.
According to the Nebraska Constitution, an individual must be a registered voter and at least 21 years of age, and must live within the district in which he or she is running for at least one year prior to being elected.
Norris advocated a unicameral system over a bicameral system for a number of reasons: First, Norris felt that a unicameral system would be less costly and more efficient than a bicameral system.
www.unicam.state.ne.us /uni/facts.htm   (797 words)

 Governing: View
Given that nearly unspoiled record of rejection, you might think the unicameral is as politically outdated as the powdered wig and mutton-chop sideburns.
For the first half of the 20th century, for example, it was common legislative practice to pass a unicameral bill in the House with the knowledge that it would conveniently die in the Senate.
In 1972, a Florida unicameral initiative was struck down by the state high court as too far-reaching before it ever made the ballot.
www.governing.com /view/vu021800.htm   (587 words)

 Simple Bone Cyst (Unicameral) - Wheeless' Textbook of Orthopaedics
Solitary unicameral bone cyst: treatment with freeze-dried crushed cortical-bone allograft.
Treatment by trepanation and studies on bone resorptive factors in cyst fluid with a theory of its pathogenesis.
The fallen fragment sign in unicameral bone cyst.
www.wheelessonline.com /ortho/simple_bone_cyst_unicameral   (625 words)

 Unicameral legislatures: a guide to information resources compiled by the staff of the Minnesota Legislative Reference ...
Thus for a time there were no examples of a unicameral legislature in the United States until Nebraska switched from a bicameral to a unicameral system in 1934.
The idea of a unicameral legislature was made one of the cornerstones of the Ventura administration's legislative agenda.
Unicameral or Bicameral State Legislatures: The Policy Debate (HTML Version) (PDF Version) St. Paul: Minnesota House of Representatives, House Research Department, 1999.
www.leg.state.mn.us /lrl/issues/uni.htm   (661 words)

 ºÓ±±µÚ¶þ»úе¹¤ÒµÓÐÏÞ¹«Ë¾ - The World Factbook -- Field Listing - Legislative branch
unicameral General Council of the Valleys or Consell General de las Valls (28 seats; members are elected by direct popular vote, 14 from a single national constituency and 14 to represent each of the 7 parishes; members serve four-year terms)
unicameral National Assembly or Bunge (224 seats; 210 members elected by popular vote to serve five-year terms, 12 so-called "nominated" members who are appointed by the president but selected by the parties in proportion to their parliamentary vote totals, 2 ex-officio members)
unicameral House of Representatives (usually 65 seats; note - additional seats are given to the party with the largest popular vote to ensure a legislative majority; members are elected by popular vote on the basis of proportional representation to serve five-year terms)
www.hbej.com /factbook/fields/2101.html   (11322 words)

 LWVMN Reasons for Opposing a Unicameral Legislature   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
In a unicameral system, a governor’s veto can be overridden by action in only one house, rather than requiring action by a second legislative body.
A unicameral system also provides the potential for domination by one party, particularly if the governor and the majority in the legislature are from the same party.
Unless a unicameral legislature included substantially more members than either of the current houses, the unicameral system would further limit the accessibility of legislators to citizens in sparsely populated areas.
www.lwvmn.org /PosUnicameralReasons.html   (921 words)

 MPR: Session 2000: Unicameralism
The forum will address legislative proposals for a unicameral legislature and the impact of urban vs. rural Minnesota, evaluate the division of power among Minnesota's leaders, and examine the type of government that Minnesotans desire.
This group was formed to inform Minnesotans that a majority of the House and Senate must approve a proposal to put a Constitutional amendment on the ballot.
Opponents of a UniCameral House (OUCH) is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to increase public awareness about the advantages of our current two house legislature versus the proposed single house system.
news.mpr.org /features/200001/15_newsroom_session2000/unicameral.shtml   (546 words)

unicameral (one chamber) system is an important one.
Unicameral legislatures have one chamber and are frequently found in countries with
countries and unicameral legislatures in relatively small and homogeneous countries.
www.geocities.com /Eureka/Enterprises/5434/Concept_eng/benda.htm   (739 words)

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