Presentation on theme: "How would a unicameral legislature differ from a bicameral legislature? No conference committee would be needed. Lawmaking would be more transparent. Legislation."— Presentation transcript:
How would a unicameral legislature differ from a bicameral legislature? No conference committee would be needed. Lawmaking would be more transparent. Legislation could be passed more quickly. Unicameral is cheaper. There might be less time to block bad legislation. There would be fewer obstacles to passing legislation. T
1. Why would a conference committee be unnecessary in a unicameral legislature? Answer: It resolves differences between the bills created by the TWO chambers. In a unicameral system there’s only one chamber to begin with and thus there’s no need to resolve disputes between chambers.
2. What are the major arguments for keeping a bicameral system? Answer: Tradition – this is the system we’ve used. More checks and balances: one house can block unwise legislation in the other chamber or at least slow down the process to improve legislation.
3. What arguments are usually made for switching to a unicameral system? Answer: Cheaper – costs of the second chamber are completely eliminated More transparency and accountability to the public: It’s easier to know exactly how a bill got passed. There’s no conference committee to change things at the last minute and no opportunity for one chamber to blame the other.