Unicameral Legislatures

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Reconsideration of Legislative Structures in the States

The Decision of Nebraska voters in a referendum last November to substitute a single chamber for their present two-house legislature has served to reopen the question of legislative organization in state government, and bills contemplating changes in the legislative branch have been introduced in no less than 20 of the 43 state legislatures now in session. Bills proposing establishment of a unicameral system have been offered in 18 states,1 and in two states—Michigan and Montana—a reduction in membership is proposed.

By the terms of the constitutional amendment adopted in Nebraska a unicameral legislature composed of not fewer than 30 nor more than 50 members, to be nominated and elected on a nonpartisan ballot for a two-year term, will convene ...

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