Texas Politics - The Legislative Branch
 
 
Introduction
  1. Tradition and Modernity
  2. Looking Ahead
Organization
  1. Sessions
  2. Special Sessions
  3. Bicameral Structure
  4. Membership
  5. Compensation
  6. Terms of Office
Qualifications
  1. Formal
  2. Informal
  3. Party
  4. Gender, Race, Ethnicity
  5. Incumbency
  6. Age and Occupation
Redistricting
  1. Historical Perspective
Powers and Immunities
  1. Bills
  2. Resolutions
  3. Administrative Powers
  4. Investigative, Impeachment
  5. Immunities
Presiding Officers and Powers
  1. Senate Pres./Lt. Governor
  2. Speaker of the House
  3. Pro Tempore Positions
Committees
  1. Committees
  2. System Impact
How a Bill Becomes a Law
  1. Intro, Referral
  2. Committee Action
  3. Floor Action
  4. Conference Committee
  5. Governor's Desk
Citizens Legislative Power
  1. Constitutional Amendments
  2. Initiative and Referendum
10  Conclusions
  1. Reforms
  2. Citizen Participation
Appendices
  1. Print-friendly format
  2. Key words and phrases
  3. Multimedia resources
  4. Lt. Governors table
  5. Speakers table
 
immunities
5.5    Immunities

The list of immunities of Texas legislators is short, but of crucial importance. Critically, they cannot be sued for slander or otherwise be held accountable for statements made during legislative proceedings. This is important because for an open discussion of public issues legislative debate must be unrestricted and uncensored. If legislators had to worry about being sued for things they said, the democratic process would suffer.

Texas Politics:
© 2005, Liberal Arts Instructional Technology Services
University of Texas at Austin
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