ERIC Number: ED233692
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982
Gavel to Gavel: A Guide to the Televised Proceedings of Congress.
Green, Alan; Hogan, Bill
Intended to improve citizen understanding of the legislative process and to encourage active participation in that process, this booklet describes how the United States House of Representatives conducts its business and provides a viewers' guide to the proceedings of the House as they are transmitted via satellite and cable to over 10 million homes and schools. The booklet contains information on: (1) the introduction of televised Congressional proceedings; (2) what takes place on and behind the scenes, including a description of House officers and staff and the location of various persons and items on and off the House floor; (3) a typical day's House activities; (4) how a bill becomes a law, including a flow chart of this process; (5) how the voting system works; (6) how to decipher the special terminology of legislative debate; and (7) where to go for more information, including a description of how to get copies of bills and how to contact individual Representatives and Senators. Also provided are selected pictures and an explanation of the system of electric lights and bells used to inform Representatives of the status of proceedings on the floor. A 6-item annotated bibliography and a glossary of 67 key Congressional terms conclude the booklet. (Author/ESR)
Descriptors: Federal Government, Federal Legislation, Glossaries, Guidelines, Laws, Legislators, Television Viewing
Benton Foundation, 1776 K Street NW, Suite 900, Washington, DC 20006 (single copy, free; write for quantity prices.)
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Community; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Benton Foundation, Washington, DC.