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Which of the following is not a power of the presiding officers of the legislature?
interpreting laws and give advisory opinions
The Legislative Council has the responsibility to
provide research support, information, and bill-drafting to legislators.
The House Calendars Committee controls
flow of legislation from the committees to the house floor.
The appointive power of the presiding officers means that
- -the action of a committee on specific legislation is usually predictable.
- -the presiding officers can use their power of appointment to reward friends and supporters.
- -opponents of the presiding officers can be punished.
- --all of these
How are committee chairs in each legislative chamber
The presiding officers make the appointments.
Standing committees also are known as
Tagging, which permits a committee hearing to be
occurs in the Senate
Which of the following statements about legislative committees in Texas is correct
Legislative committee activity is proportionately less, and the power of the bureaucracy and special interests is proportionately more, than in some other jurisdictions
Which method can be used only in the Senate to delay and thereby kill a legislative measure
A conference committee is necessary
to resolve bill differences between the two chambers
If the governor refuses to sign a bill, it
- becomes law in ten days if the legislature is in session
- becomes law in twenty days if the legislature is out of session
Which of the following is not a function of the Legislative Budget Board
providing research, computing and printing support for legislators, and helping them draft legislative proposals
Which group prefers a decentralized style of government
- special-interest groups
- legislative leadership
Which of the following does not provide an opportunity for the governor to have influence on both the legislative and administrative policy
the Texas Constitution
Which of the following statements best describes a Texas governor’s term in office?
four years per term, with no limit on the number of terms
The governor’s ability to influence the making and executing of government policy depend on all the following except
his or her prior experience as a legislator
According to the text, the most influential bargaining tools of the governor are
Once a special session of the legislature has been called, the agenda is determined by the
Which of the following terms best describes the executive branch
One of the most persuasive tools the governor has is the
threat the veto
Which state officials usually have budget power that is more powerful than that of the governor
the Legislative Budget Board
The legislature has the constitutional power to override the governor’s veto
by a two-thirds vote
The governor’s authority to reject a proposed law is almost an absolute power because
the legislature is seldom in session when the governor issues a veto.
The presession bargaining tool of the governor seeks which of the following
Texas has a plural executive, which means that
the governor shares executive power with several other independently elected executives and boards
The attorney general is the lawyer for which of the
- state officials
- state board members
- state agencies
- -all of these
What is the most important constitutional duty for the comptroller of public accounts
certifying the approximate biennial revenue for the state
The executive powers for the office of lieutenant governor comes from
the legislative branch.
A system that gives elected officials considerable discretion in employment and promotion decisions is called
a spoils system
Government employees who expose bureaucratic excesses, blunders, corruption, or favoritism are called
Bureaucracies are characterized by all of the following except
Civil Service is
an employment system used by governments that takes merit into account in hiring and promotion
Which state official is responsible for the certifying the state’s income and has the responsibility of being the chief tax collector
the comptroller of public accounts
An interest group that benefits from the programs of the state administrative agencies is known as which of the following
a clientele group
Which of the following officials has ultimate responsibility for the actions of the Texas bureaucracy
No single official in the Texas government has ultimate responsibility
Which of the following best describes a bureaucracy
the system of nonelected officials administrating government policies and programs
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