Mr. Timothy O. Wilkerson, Ms. Anne B. O'Driscoll,
3 credits day; 3 credits evening.
- A student's final course grade will be determined by performance on a Final Examination (75%) and a Class Project (25%)
This course will acquaint students with the significance of law making and statutes in our legal system, and will study the legislative process; the organization, structure, and procedure of legislative bodies including the powers of investigatory committees and the rights of witnesses before such committees; legislative contempt power; legislative grants of immunity to witnesses; and related procedural matters. It will also consider various constitutional issues. Finally, it will deal with the pervasive role of statutes in modern law.
Faculty comments: Legislation will cover three major topics with the following subtopics:
1. LAWMAKING PROCESS: overview, statutes and statutory interpretation, the legislative process and its constitutional basis, the alternative lawmaking process (the initiative petition and referendum), constitutional amendments, and drafting legistlation.
2. SEPARATION OF POWERS: the internet workings of the legislature; legislative veto; political questions; madamus against the legislature; the legislature as judge of the returns, elections and qualifications of its members.
3. LEGISLATIVE QUALIFICATIONS & CONDUCT: qualifications for office; ethics, campaign finance, and lobbying; legislative privilege and speech and debate; political scandals and punishments.
Final Exam Required
<<Course Updated: March 14, 2016>>