Government - Where Function meets Crisis
bi-partisan - supported by
members of two parties, especially two major political parties.
caucus – a meeting of the
local members of a political party.
Statutes – the collection of state laws that govern Connecticut.
due process – the
administration of justice according to established rules and principles.
Ethics Commission advisory
opinion – a formal response from the Commission to persons who are subject to
the Code of Ethics that ask how the Code applies to specific situations.
executive session – when
the public is excluded from the meeting of a public agency for purposes of
discussing personnel matters, pending litigation, security issues, real estate
deals or disclosure of public records.
Freedom of Information Act
(FOIA) - A law that requires the government to give out certain information
to the public when it receives a written request
indict – to officially
accuse someone of a crime.
jurisdiction – the power to
exercise authority over persons and things within a territory.
Majority Leader – the
leader of the majority party in either the House or the Senate.
Minority Leader – the
leader of the minority party in either the House or the Senate.
quash – to make void.
Select Committee of Inquiry
to Recommend Whether Sufficient Grounds Exist for the House of Representatives
to Impeach Governor John Rowland – a group of ten Representatives assigned by
the House in House Resolution 702. Committee is referred to throughout the
unit as the Select Committee of Inquiry.
Speaker of the House –
Elected by the Majority party to preside over the session of the House. Sets
the agenda for the party issues and controls which bills are debated on the
State Ethics Commission –
in Connecticut, a nine member panel created to administer and enforce the
State's Codes of Ethics.
subpoena – an order
requiring an individual to testify.