"So picking up from last week, when was the Last Legislature? Michelle?"
"It was in 2035. They all got infighted."
"Close! It was in 2035, and a majority of them were indicted for corruption. The HSR contracts and their secret stockholdings made it look really bad for them when the project collapsed. The prosecutors got the lists of who'd been given what. The New York State Legislature had no clear process for replacing all of those people, and couldn't conduct business."
"Anyone know what happened next? Samuel?"
"Governor Yerkes had a convention."
"That's right. Instead of electing a new legislature, voters elected delegates. Those delegates gave up completely on the legislature and gave us the Trio instead. Can anyone tell me how the Trio gets chosen?"
"We pick one every three years. But they can't live too close together."
"That's right, Marcy. Members of the Trio have to have three million people between their homes, and they have to have lived in those homes for at least ten years. They can't move around to run from a different area. Can anyone explain what the Trio is in charge of? Joel?"
"The Trio makes state law, runs the bureaucracy, and acts as the top court in the state."
"Are you reading that out of your textbook? No? All right, that's correct. The old functions of the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches are concentrated in these three seats. Each one directs different parts of the government, but they all have to come together to agree on a budget. How do we keep them from getting too powerful? Michelle?"
"They have to take a year off the Trio when their term ends. Only two have ever gotten back on, I think."
"Well, we may see a third this November, but yes, that's right. Between the distance rule and the one-term rule we've had regular changes of power."
"Yeah, but Upstate only gets in once in a while."
"Joel, I didn't call on you that time."
"I know, but why do they have to do that to us? Why did they only say three million people apart when the state has 25 million people?"
"That question won't be on the test, Joel."
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