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George W. Norris's Persuasion In The Campaign For The Unicameral Legislature, Phillip K. Tompkins Jul 1957

George W. Norris's Persuasion In The Campaign For The Unicameral Legislature, Phillip K. Tompkins

Public Access Theses and Dissertations from the College of Education and Human Sciences

The people of forty-seven states in this country are governed by bicameral or two-house legislatures. The people of the forty-eighth, Nebraskans, are governed by a unicameral or one-house legislature.

On November 6, 1934, the people of Nebraska provided by amendment to their state constitution, a one-house legislature to be composed of between thirty and fifty members to be elected on a non-partisan ballot. The number of solons was later set at forty-three, and 1957 marked the twentieth anniversary of the first unicameral session in Nebraska.

Senator George W. Norris is generally regarded by all as the father of the unicameral ...