GOV2306 exam 3 – The structural weakening of the office of the governor and the creation

Question1

Marks: 1

The structural weakening of the office of the governor and
the creation of the plural executive in Texas was NOT the result of which of
the following?

Choose one answer.

a. The
reaction of Texans to Reconstruction

b. The
desire of the founding fathers of Texas to closely copy the structure and
operation of the executive branch of the federal government in Washington

c. The Constitution of 1876

d. The
reaction of Texans to the governorship of E.J. Davis

Question2

Marks: 1

Legislators in Texas are

Choose one answer.

a.
appointed by the governor.

b.
elected in single-member districts in the House of Representatives and in
at-large elections in the Texas Senate.

c. all elected in single-member districts.

d.
subject to term limitation by the Texas Constitution of 1876.

e. all
elected in at-large elections.

Question3

Marks: 1

Although the Governor prepares a budget to submit to the
Texas Legislature at the beginning of a session, the members of the Legislature
typically ignore the budget proposed by the Governor in favor of a budget
drafted by the

Choose one answer.

a.
State Commission on Budgetary Development and Analysis.

b.
Comptroller.

c.
State Treasurer.

d. Legislative Budget Board.

e.
Congressional Budget Office.

Question4

Marks: 1

The governor of Texas may grant executive clemency.

Answer:TrueFalse

Question5

Marks: 1

The vice president of the United States is, according to the
U.S. Constitution, the president of the U.S. Senate; however, according to the rules
of the U.S. Senate he has little authority over that body. The real head of the
U.S. Senate is the Senate Majority Leader. Who is the President of the Texas
Senate and the real leader of the Texas Senate?

Choose one answer.

a. the
lieutenant governor of Texas is the president of the Texas Senate but the real
leader of the Texas Senate is the Senate majority leader of the Texas Senate

b. the lieutenant governor is the president of the Texas
Senate and is, under the rules of the Texas Senate, the real leader of the
Texas Senate

c. the
lieutenant governor of Texas is the president of the Texas Senate, however, the
real leader of the Texas Senate is the leader of the majority party in the
Texas Senate

d. the
vice president of Texas is the president of the Texas Senate, however, the real
leader of the Texas Senate is the Senate majority leader

e. the
speaker of the Texas House also acts as the president of the Texas Senate and
is its actual leader

Question6

Marks: 1

In what type of committee is the bulk of the work in the
legislature done?

Choose one answer.

a.
Joint committee

b. Standing committee

c.
Combined committee

d.
Special committee

e.
Conference committee

Question7

Marks: 1

How long is a special session of the Texas Legislature?

Choose one answer.

a. up
to 140 days

b. no
more than two weeks

c. up to 30 days

d. as
long as required to complete the agenda of the governor.

e. no
more than one year

Question8

Marks: 1

How many members are there on the Texas Railroad Commission?

Choose one answer.

a.
three

b. nine

c. 12

d. 15

e. six

Question9

Marks: 1

The principal responsibility of the Texas Secretary of State
is

Choose one answer.

a. to
negotiate treaties for Texas with foreign governments.

b. to
regulate electric and telephone rates in Texas.

c. to act as the chief election officer for the State of Texas.

d. to
collect taxes for the State of Texas.

e. to
act as the head of the president of the Senate when the Texas legislature is in
session.

Question10

Marks: 1

Before an appointment by the governor to an executive branch
board or agency becomes effective, the governor’s nominee must first be
reviewed and approved by

Choose one answer.

a. the
judicial branch of Texas government, in the form of the Texas Supreme Court, in
its oversight function of the executive and legislative branches of government.

b. a
vote of the Texas Senate.

c. a
vote of the full legislature.

d. a vote of the Texas House.

e. a
joint conference committee made up of Texas Senators and Representatives.

Question11

Marks: 1

Which branch is the central policymaking institution of
state government?

Choose one answer.

a. the
Texas Supreme Court

b. the
Joint Committee on Public Policy of the Texas House of Representatives

c. the plural
executive

d. the
Central Policy Commission of Texas

e. the Texas legislature

Question12

Marks: 1

Most of the legislative work of the Texas Legislature is
conducted

Choose one answer.

a. by
the governor.

b. in legislative committees.

c. on the
floor of the Texas House.

d.
during special sessions of the legislature.

e. in
the House of Representatives.

Question13

Marks: 1

The largest area of tax revenue for State of Texas comes
from

Choose one answer.

a.
income taxes.

b. sales taxes.

c.
severance taxes.

d. ad
valorem taxes.

e.
property taxes.

Question14

Marks: 1

There are how many members in the Texas House of
Representatives?

Choose one answer.

a. 435

b. 32

c. 31

d. it
varies from session to session depending on the state’s population

e. 150

Question15

Marks: 1

Probably the most contentious issue facing the State Board
of Education is its periodic review of

Choose one answer.

a. textbook adoptions.

b.
state budget requests.

c.
teacher salaries.

d.
state football programs.

e.
University Interscholastic League literary competition rules.

Question16

Marks: 1

The Comptroller of Public Accounts is

Choose one answer.

a. the
chief election officer of the State of Texas.

b. the chief tax collector for the State of Texas.

c.
responsible for collecting overdue child support payments for Texans.

d.
responsible for administering the Texas Veterans’ Land Board.

e.
issuing corporation charters and monitoring public corporations in the State of
Texas.

Question17

Marks: 1

How can the Texas Legislature override a legislative veto by
the Governor?

Choose one answer.

a. the
Texas Constitution forbids the Legislature to override a gubernatorial veto

b. by a
vote of a conference committee

c. by a
majority vote of the Texas Senate alone in the exercise of its advise and
consent power

d. by a
2/3rds vote of members present from both houses

e. by a simple majority vote of
members present from both houses

Question18

Marks: 1

What type of bill applies only to one unit of local
government (example: the Legislature creates a new county-court-at-law for
Harris County)?

Choose one answer.

a.
general bill

b. a
true bill

c. a
resolution

d. a special bill

e.
private bill

Question19

Marks: 1

The predominant occupation for members of today’s Texas
legislature are

Choose one answer.

a.
pharmacy and real estate.

b.
business and finance.

c.
medicine and insurance.

d. law and business.

e.
education.

education and sales.

Question20

Marks: 1

The Lieutenant Governor is elected every four years by

Choose one answer.

a. the voters of the State of Texas.

b. the
members of the Texas Senate.

c. the
caucus of the majority party at the start of a new legislative session.

d. a
vote of the full legislature.

e. a single-member
district election in Travis County, home county for the Texas Legislature (in
Austin).

Question21

Marks: 1

David Dewhurst is the

Choose one answer.

a.
Texas Land Commissioner

b.
Governor of Texas

c.
Comptroller of Public Accounts

d. Lieutenant Governor of Texas

e.
Texas Secretary of State

Question22

Marks: 1

Rick Perry is currently the

Choose one answer.

a.
Lieutenant Governor of Texas.

b.
Texas Secretary of State.

c.
Comptroller of Public Accounts.

d. Governor of Texas.

e.
Texas Agricultural Commissioner.

Question23

Marks: 1

Which of the following government entities does NOT rely on
or operate primarily from property taxes?

Choose one answer.

a.
County government

b. Independent school districts

c.
State government

d.
Municipal government

e.
Community college districts

Question24

Marks: 1

Which of the following officials enforces the state’s
weights and measures laws?

Choose one answer.

a.
Texas Secretary of State

b.
Governor of Texas

c.
Texas Land Commissioner

d.
Comptroller of Public Accounts

e. Texas Agriculture Commissioner

Question25

Marks: 1

What is the purpose served by an interim committee of the
Texas Legislature?

Choose one answer.

a. to
iron out differences between different versions of legislation passed by the
House and the Senate

b. to meet and study issues in the period between regular legislative
sessions

c. to
draft a state budget for consideration be the full legislature

d. to
consider overrides of gubernatorial vetoes

e. to
assign bills to calendars for scheduling on the House floor

Question26

Marks: 1

The governor of Texas is considered to have military powers
because he is commander-in-chief of

Choose one answer.

a. all
U.S. military troops which are stationed in Texas at a given time.

b. the
Austin Chapter of the American Legion.

c. the Texas National Guard.

d. the
Fort Hood military installation in Central Texas.

e. the
Corps of Cadets at Texas A&M University.

Question27

Marks: 1

The impeachment process for a high Texas state official
begins with articles of impeachment (the charges, or official allegations)
being brought by the

Choose one answer.

a.
Texas Senate.

b. Texas House of Representatives.

c.
Governor of Texas.

d.
Attorney General of Texas.

e.
Supreme Court of Texas.

Question28

Marks: 1

Police powers are attributed to the Texas governor since he
has the authority to appoint members of

Choose one answer.

a.
Criminal Science Institute (CSI) of Texas.

b.
Texas Rangers.

c. the director of the Texas Bureau of
Investigation.

d. the
board of the Department of Public Safety.

e.
state investigatory grand jury.

Question29

Marks: 1

With regard to the creation and adoption of the biennial
budget for the State of Texas, the Governor of Texas

Choose one answer.

a. has
tremendous influence over the preparation, creation and adoption of the budget
of the state each biennial session.

b.
greatly influences the creation and adoption of the budget for the state
through the Government Office of Management and Budget.

c.
influences the creation and adoption of the state’s biennial budget through his
selection and appointment of the Texas Secretary of the Treasury.

d. has
sole constitutional power in the state to develop and set the state biennial
budget; he then sends the completed budget to the legislature for
implementation and distribution based upon his (the governor’s) specific and
strict directions

e. has little official power and influence over the creation and final
adoption of the biennial state budget during the regular legislative session.

Question30

Marks: 1

Which of the following is true concerning regular sessions
of the Texas Legislature?

Choose one answer.

a. The
Legislature meets in regular session starting in January for 160 days every
odd-numbered year.

b. The
Legislature meets in regular session every year, holding 140-day sessions in
odd-numbered years and 160-day sessions in even-numbered years.

c. The
Legislature meets in regular session starting in January every year, adjourning
at the end of the year in early December.

d. The
Legislature meets in regular session for 260 days every other year.

e. The Legislature meets in regular session starting in January for 140
days every odd-numbered year.

Question31

Marks: 1

Respond to the following statement: “The state income
tax in Texas is set at 6.25% of a person’s annual income.”

Choose one answer.

a. True

b.
False–The income tax is set at 2% of a person’s annual income. When added to
the federal income tax requirement, a Texas citizen pays 8.25% of her income in
income taxes.

c.
False–there is no state income tax.

d.
False–the state income tax is based on the biennial income of a Texas citizen.

Question32

Marks: 1

The state agency which regulates telephone and electric
rates in Texas is called

Choose one answer.

a. the
Legislative Budget Board.

b. the Public Utility Commission.

c. the
Texas Railroad Commission.

d.
Texas State Board of Insurance.

e. the
Sunset Advisory Board.

Question33

Marks: 1

A committee which has members from both the House and the
Senate to serve a unique, particular function is called a

Choose one answer.

a.
joint committee.

b.
combined committee.

c. conference committee.

d.
special committee.

e.
standing committee.

Question34

Marks: 1

In Texas, the more than ____ agencies have substantial
independence from the governor, which means that each agency has more latitude
and independence than federal agencies in deciding what was meant by the
legislature and in applying the law to unforeseen circumstances.

Choose one answer.

a. 100

b. 50

c. 10

d. 900

e. 200

Question35

Marks: 1

Who is the current Commissioner of Agriculture for the State
of Texas?

Choose one answer.

a. Earl
Butz

b. Todd Staples

c. Jim
Hightower

d. Hank
Gilbert

e.
Susan Combs

Question36

Marks: 1

Regular formal review and subsequent legislative affirmation
to determine that if a state agency or program is to continue is known as

Choose one answer.

a.
senatorial courtesy.

b. sunset review.

c.
sunshine legislation.

d.
administrative oversight and review.

e.
redistricting.

Question37

Marks: 1

The Attorney General of Texas is LEAST involved in which of
the following activities?

Choose one answer.

a.
initiating lawsuits against parents delinquent on child support payments

b.
issuing legal opinions interpreting state laws before issues relating to the
laws are adjudicated by the courts

c.
defending the state against lawsuits

d. prosecuting individuals accused of serious crimes

e.
acting as the constitutional lawyer for agencies, boards, and commissions of
the state of Texas.

Question38

Marks: 1

In total, how many states in the U.S. (including Texas) have
NO personal income tax?

Choose one answer.

a. None; all states, including Texas, tax the personal income of residence
of their states

b.
seven

c. 31

d. two

e. 15

Question39

Marks: 1

The Lieutenant Governor is most analogous to what officer in
the federal government?

Choose one answer.

a. Vice President

b.
President

c.
Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate

d.
Secretary of State

e.
Speaker of the U.S. House

Question40

Marks: 1

The Texas Legislature cannot pass a state budget which
creates a budget deficit. This is required by

Choose one answer.

a. the Texas Constitution.

b. a
resolution passed by the Texas Legislature in 1980.

c. the
United State Constitution.

d. the
Texas Supreme Court in a constitutional ruling in the early part of the 1950s.

e. the
U.S. Congress.

Question41

Marks: 1

The Governor may use the line-item veto on which of the
following bills?

Choose one answer.

a. a
bill to increase criminal penalties on drug possession

b. the governor no longer has
the line-item veto power–the Texas line-item veto was declared illegal by a
federal court ruling

c. a
bill declaring the Southern Baptist religion the official state religion of
Texas

d. a
bill to raise the minimum drinking age

e. a
bill to appropriate money to operate state prisons

Question42

Marks: 1

Which of the following is solely and completely responsible
for regulating railroad freight and railroad passenger service in the state of
Texas?

Choose one answer.

a.
Texas Agriculture Commissioner

b. No
commission or agency or department in Texas government has this power

c. Texas Railroad Commission

d.
General Land Commission

e.
Texas Secretary of State

Question43

Marks: 1

Which of the following has as its primary responsibly oil
and gas regulation in Texas?

Choose one answer.

a.
Texas Agriculture Commissioner

b.
Texas Department of Energy

c. Public Utility Commission

d.
Texas Railroad Commission

e.
Texas Department of Petroleum Development

Question44

Marks: 1

Who calls special legislative sessions in Texas?

Choose one answer.

a. The Governor may call a special
session, but only with the approval of the Legislature by a majority vote of
both houses

b.
Either the Speaker or Lieutenant Governor may call a special session

c. Only
the Governor may call a special session

d. The
Legislature calls itself into special session by a 2/3rds vote of both houses

e. The
Texas Secretary of State calls special sessions with the approval of the
Lieutenant Government and Speaker of the House

Question45

Marks: 1

Which of the following statements is true about the term of
office for the governor of Texas?

Choose one answer.

a. The
governor is elected by a vote of the Texas Senate every two years at the start
of the session of the Texas Legislature in January of odd numbered years

b.
Governors may serve no more than four two-year terms consecutively

c. The
term of office for governor of Texas is four years and the Texas Constitution
sets no limit on the number of terms a governor may serve

d. The
governor serves a two-year term of office and there is no limit set by the Texas
Constitution as to how many terms he or she may serve

e. The governor serves an
elected four year term but is limited by constitutional amendment to serving no
more than ten years (two full elected terms and up to two additional years if
first assuming the office due to the death, resignation, or impeachment and
conviction of the preceding governor

Question46

Marks: 1

Greg Abbott is the

Choose one answer.

a. Texas Attorney General.

b.
Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives.

c.
Texas Commissioner of Agriculture.

d.
Comptroller of Public Accounts.

e.
Lieutenant Governor of Texas.

Question47

Marks: 1

Which of the following officials may the Governor normally
appoint?

Choose one answer.

a. the
Lieutenant Governor

b. the
Texas Attorney General

c. the
Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court

d. the
Texas Secretary of State

e. a member of the Railroad
Commission

Question48

Marks: 1

The first Republican to be elected governor in Texas
following the Reconstruction administration of Gov. E.J. Davis was

Choose one answer.

a.
Preston Smith.

b.
James Ferguson.

c. Rick
Perry.

d. Bill
Clements.

e. George W. Bush.

Question49

Marks: 1

This process of redrawing the boundaries of legislative and
congressional districts by the state legislature is called

Choose one answer.

a.
district resolution.

b.
district development.

c.
congressional reapportionment.

d. redistricting.

e.
redlining.

Question50

Marks: 1

The Texas Constitution requires that an estimate be made of
state revenues for the upcoming biennial budget period and given to the
legislature for its biennial session so that it can prepare a balanced budget?
What state official is responsible for the preparation of this estimate and its
reporting to the legislature?

Choose one answer.

a.
governor

b.
attorney general

c.
chairman of the Legislative Budget Board

d.
treasurer

e. comptroller

51

Marks: 1

How
many members are there on the State Board of Education?

Choose
one answer.

a. six

b. three

c. 12

d. nine

e. 15

Question52

Marks: 1

The
governor’s State of the State address is

Choose
one answer.

a. an important aspect of the
governor’s “bully pulpit” because it is broadcast live on network
television during prime-time to the people of Texas.

b. an informal
tradition initiated by Gov. E. J. Davis during Reconstruction and is an
official state holiday.

c. given by
the governor every year at the start of the Texas legislative session in
January.

d. called for by the Texas Constitution
and is given before a joint session of the Texas Legislature following the
start of the regular session.

e. is no
longer given in person by the governor in the form of a speech delivered
before the legislature but instead is a printed message sent to both
legislative bodies and posted at the front entrance to each chamber.

Question53

Marks: 1

The
only unicameral legislature in the United States is

Choose
one answer.

a. is found in Nebraska.

b. the U.S.
Congress.

c. is in Texas.

d. now banned
by the U.S. Constitution.

e. now gone,
abandoned when the State of Texas moved to a bicameral organization in the
1970s.

Question54

Marks: 1

Spending
bills (i.e., appropriation bills) in Texas must originate

Choose
one answer.

a. in the Legislative Budget
Board

b. in the
Texas Senate.

c. with the
governor.

d. with the
Comptroller of Public Accounts.

e. in the Texas House.

Question55

Marks: 1

How
is the Speaker of the Texas House chosen?

Choose
one answer.

a. The Speaker is appointed by
the Governor and is approved by the Senate in its advice and consent powers

b. The
Secretary of State serves ex officio as Speaker of the Texas House

c. The Speaker is a state
representative elected by the full House to serve as speaker

d. The Speaker
is elected statewide

e. The
Lieutenant Governor acts, as part of his constitutional duties, as Speaker of
the Texas House of Representatives.

Question56

Marks: 1

Jerry
Patterson is the current

Choose one
answer.

a. Lieutenant Governor of Texas.

b. Texas
Secretary of State.

c. Texas Land Commissioner.

d. Comptroller
of Public Accounts

e. Governor of
Texas.

Question57

Marks: 1

While
the Texas Governor has some appointment powers over the executive branch,

Choose one answer.

a. he
lacks any significant independent removal power over his appointments.

b. he has
complete authority to appoint judges for life terms to all the courts of the
state judicial branch at any time at all levels throughout the state of
Texas.

c. he had
complete power over the length of service of those appointments, holding the
power to independently dismiss any of his appointments at any time without
any consultation by or approval from the Texas Legislature.

d. he has
ultimate authority in times of crisis over all the military personnel and
bases of the United States quartered in Texas including the power to make
field promotions of officers and commanders.

e. has
significant power to make committee assignments for members of the Texas
Legislature.

Question58

Marks: 1

A
committee created whenever a bill is passed in different versions by the House
and Senate is called a

Choose
one answer.

a. joint committee.

b. combined
committee.

c. conference committee.

d. special
committee.

e. standing
committee

Question59

Marks: 1

Removal
powers of the governor over appointees to state boards and commissions are

Choose
one answer.

a. similar to that of an
employer in the private sector–he may fire any member of a state board or
commission except when that firing is considered racially motivated or
retaliatory.

b. limited to
only those members of state boards and commissions from previous
administrations.

c. limited to only those
specifically appointed by the governor, with approval of the Senate
(two-thirds vote).

d. unlimited.
As chief executive officer of the state, he has the power to appoint and
dismiss any member of the state executive branch or its agencies and
commissions.

e. denied to
the governor. Once the governor appoints someone to a state board or
commission that person cannot be removed from office except by impeachment.

Question60

Marks: 1

Texas’s
biggest employers are

Choose
one answer.

a. oil and gas companies.

b. in the
medical field.

c. farmers and
ranchers.

d. governments.

e. in the
insurance industry.

Question61

Marks: 1

The
Texas Secretary of State is

Choose
one answer.

a. Esperanza “Hope”
Andrade.

b. John Steen.

c. also, by
law, the Lieutenant Governor of the State.

d. Geoffrey
Connor.

e. Roger
Williams.

Question62

Marks: 1

Who
was the lieutenant governor of Texas to succeed Governor George W. Bush when
Bush resigned as governor to become president of the United States?

Choose
one answer.

a. Rick Perry

b. Ted Cruz

c. Bill
Ratliff

d. David
Dewhurst

e. William
“Bill” Hobby

Question63

Marks: 1

The
judicial power of the governor consists of his ability

Choose
one answer.

a. appoint judges and justices to state courts when there
is a vacancy on a court due to a death, resignation, or removal of the judge
or justice.

b. to reduce
prison overcrowding by executive order.

c. to order
the death penalty be imposed following the conviction of a defendant for
capital murder.

d. review and
reverse decisions of lower courts when the decisions are appealed directly to
his office.

e. appoint all
judges and justices to all the courts on all levels in the State of Texas.

Question64

Marks: 1

The
base sales tax rate for the State of Texas is

Choose
one answer.

a. 6.25%.

b. 8.25%.

c. tied
directly to the federal treasury bills rate.

d. 7.25%.

Question65

Marks: 1

Who,
among the following elected officials, is NOT a member of the Legislative
Redistricting Board?

Choose
one answer.

a. Attorney General of Texas

b. Lieutenant
Governor of Texas

c. Texas
Comptroller of Public Accounts

d. Speaker of
the Texas House of Representatives

e. Governor of Texas

Question66

Marks: 1

Regarding
the structural powers of the Governor of Texas, how do they compare with the
powers of other state governors?

Choose
one answer.

a. The official powers of the
Governor or Texas are about average in comparison with other governors.

b. The official powers of the Governor of Texas
are among the weakest in the nation.

c. The
official powers of the Governor of Texas are among the strongest in the
nation.

d. They are
somewhat above average in comparison with the other governors’ powers.

Question67

Marks: 1

Which
of the following in NOT a type of committee in the Texas legislature?

Choose
one answer.

a. Joint committee

b. Special
committee

c. Standing
committee

d. Conference committee

e. Irregular committee

Question68

Marks: 1

The
Veterans’ Land Board provides low interest property loans to Texas veterans.
This board is supervised by the

Choose
one answer.

a. Commissioner of the Veterans’
Land Board of Texas.

b. Commissioner of the Texas General Land Office.

c. Chairman of
the Texas Veterans Administration.

d. Comptroller
of Public Accounts.

e. Lieutenant
Governor.

Question69

Marks: 1

Governors
elected after Reconstruction until the late 1970s were all

Choose
one answer.

a. liberal Democrats.

b. conservative-to-moderate
Democrats.

c. conservative
to ultra-conservative Republicans.

d. former
lieutenant governors.

e. members of
the Tea Party of Texas.

Question70

Marks: 1

The
only Texas governor to be impeached by the Texas House and convicted of the
impeachment charges in the Texas Senate was

Choose
one answer.

a. George W. Bush.

b. E.J. Davis.

c. William
Clements.

d. James Ferguson.

e. Miriam
Ferguson.

Question71

Marks: 1

In
order to become a Texas State Senator, one must be at least ___ years old to be
elected and a resident of Texas for __ years preceding the election.

Choose
one answer.

a. 42/seven

b. 19/two

c. 35/six

d. 26/five

e. 24/one

Question72

Marks: 1

The
U.S. Supreme Court decided a case in its 2013 regarding affirmative action in
higher education that modified but did not overturn its prior 2003 decision in
Grutter v. Michigan. That case was

Choose
one answer.

a. Marbury v. Madison.

b. Ruiz v.
Texas A&M University-Kingsville.

c. Brown v. Board of Education.

d. Fisher v.
The University of Texas.

e. Hopwood v.
Texas.

Question73

Marks: 1

There
are three members of the Texas Railroad Commission. All three are

Choose
one answer.

a. appointed to their positions by the Governor of
Texas (with the approval of the Texas Senate).

b. required by
the Texas Constitution of 1876 to have worked for at least a ten-year period
in the railroad industry in Texas.

c. required by
law to serve only one six-year term in office.

d. elected in
single-member district elections from three separate sections of the state by
the people of Texas with the approval of the vote of both chambers of the
legislature.

e. elected to
their positions by the people of Texas.

Question74

Marks: 1

As
a result of the Texas Constitution of 1876, Texas has a

Choose
one answer.

a. bicameral executive system of government.

b. unitary
executive system of government.

c. cabinet
system in operation in the executive branch of government.

d. nonpartisan
unicameral system of government.

e. plural
executive system operating the executive branch of government.

Question75

Marks: 1

How
is the Lieutenant Governor of Texas normally chosen?

Choose
one answer.

a. The Lieutenant Governor is a
member of the House selected by the Texas House to serve as Lieutenant
Governor

b. The
Lieutenant Governor is elected every four years by the Texas delegates to the
Elector College at their electoral meeting held every four years held prior
to voting for the presidential selection.

c. The Lieutenant Governor is elected statewide
directly by the citizens of Texas

d. The
Lieutenant Governor is appointed by the Governor and is approved by the
Senate in its advice and consent power

e. The
Lieutenant Governor is a member of the Texas Senate elected by the full
Senate to serve as Lieutenant Governor

Question76

Marks: 1

Redistricting–the
process of redrawing the boundaries of legislative and congressional
districts–generally occurs every ten years in the Texas legislature following
the

Choose
one answer.

a. presidential elections.

b. results of
the most recent election of the U.S. House of Representatives and of the
Texas House of Representatives.

c. directives
issued by the Senate Committee on Redistricting and the Census.

d. report from Congress on reapportionment based
on the national census.

e. report of
the Interstate Redistricting Commission.

Question77

Marks: 1

Currently,
the Texas Legislature is

Choose
one answer.

a. meeting in special session.

b. meeting in regular session.

c. meeting as
a Committee of the Whole to revise the Texas Constitution of 1876.

d. not in session.

Question78

Marks: 1

A
bill may be formally introduced by

Choose
one answer.

a. any member of the Texas legislature or a member of the
Texas delegation to the U.S. Congress.

b. the Speaker
or the Lieutenant Governor only.

c. any member of
the legislature or the governor.

d. any member
of the legislature in the member’s own chamber.

e. any current
or former member of the legislature.

Question79

Marks: 1

Members
of the Texas Public Utilities Commission are

Choose
one answer.

a. appointed to their positions
by a vote of the Texas Legislature.

b. are
appointed by the Secretary of the Department of Energy and have full
authority over the production of and development of all energy resources
within the state of Texas.

c. ex officio
officeholder, serving in their PUC positions as a part of their duties as
Lieutenant Governor, Speaker of the House, and Comptroller of Public
Accounts.

d. elected to
their positions by a direct, statewide vote of the people of Texas.

e. appointed to their
positions by the Governor of Texas (with the approval of the Texas Senate).

Question80

Marks: 1

The
chief legal officer of the State of Texas is the

Choose
one answer.

a. Secretary of State.

b. Comptroller.

c. Legal Counsel
to the Governor of Texas.

d. Attorney General.

e. Chief
Justice of the Texas Supreme Court.

Question81

Marks: 1

The
Texas Legislature is a creation of

Choose
one answer.

a. the Constitutional Convention
of 1787.

b. Article I
of the United States Constitution.

c. the annexation agreement between the United
States and the Republic of Texas.

d. the U.S.
Supreme Court decision in Lopez v. Texas.

e. the Texas
Constitution of 1876.

Question82

Marks: 1

Texas
has a biennial budget because

Choose
one answer.

a. the Texas Legislature is a
bicameral body.

b. the U.S.
Constitution in Article I and II requires it.

c. the Texas
Constitution requires that the state legislature pass a balanced budget.

d. the
governor has a two year term of office.

e. the Texas Legislature meets
once every two years.

Question83

Marks: 1

Which
of the following offices was created by the Texas Legislature rather than the
Texas Constitution?

Choose
one answer.

a. Commissioner of Agriculture.

b. Lieutenant
Governor.

c. Chief
Justice of the Supreme Court.

d. Secretary
of State.

e. Attorney
General.

Question84

Marks: 1

Who
among the following was NEVER a governor of Texas?

Choose
one answer.

a. George H.W. Bush

b. Ann
Richards

c. George W.
Bush

d. Miriam
Ferguson

e. E.J. Davis

Question85

Marks: 1

Which
of the following statements accurately describes the Texas Legislature?

Choose
one answer.

a. The Texas House has 150
members elected for two-year terms while the Texas Senate has 31 members
elected for six-year terms

b. The Texas House has 150
members elected for two-year terms while the Texas Senate has 31 members
elected for four-year terms

c. The Texas
House has 435 members elected for 2-year terms and the Texas Senate has 100
members elected for 6-year terms

d. The Texas
Legislature is a unicameral legislative body made up of 100 members.

e. The Texas
House has 31 members elected for four-year terms while the Texas Senate has
150 members elected for two-year terms

Question86

Marks: 1

The
next regular session of the Texas Legislature will meet next year starting in
January.

Answer:

TrueFalse

Question87

Marks: 1

If
a vacancy occurs during the term of office of the lieutenant governor (such as
death, resignation, or succession to the governorship), how is a new lieutenant
governor selected?

Choose
one answer.

a. the president pro tempore of
the Texas Senate takes over the vacated position for the remainder of the term
of office

b. by a called
special state-wide election to fill the remaining term of the former
lieutenant governor

c. the
governor appoints a new lieutenant governor, with the approval of a vote of
the full legislature

d. the
president of the Senate moves into the position of Lieutenant for the
remainder of the Lieutenant Governor’s term of office

e. the Senate
elects one of its members to the position of lieutenant governor to serve the
balance of the vacant term

Question88

Marks: 1

In
the senate, the membership of committees is determined

Choose
one answer.

a. the Committee Assignment
Committee.

b. by
seniority.

c.by appointment by the lieutenant governor.

d. by the
lieutenant governor and a vote of the full Senate.

e. agreement
among the members meeting as a committee of the whole in a conference
committee.

Question89

Marks: 1

The
impeachment process in Texas ends with the trial and verdict on the articles of
impeachment conducted and arrived at by the

Choose
one answer.

a. Texas House of
Representatives.

b. governor’s
cabinet and the Governor of Texas.

c. Supreme Court of Texas with
the Chief Justice of Texas sitting as the chief judge over the proceedings.

d. Texas
Senate.

e. Attorney
General of Texas sitting as the head of a court made up of members of the
Texas Supreme Court and the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.

Question90

Marks: 1

The
state official in charge of supervising the Permanent University Fund is the

Choose
one answer.

a. Executive Director of the
Texas Education Agency.

b. Chairman of the Higher Education Coordinating
Board.

c. Attorney
General.

d. Land
Commissioner.

e. Comptroller
of Public Accounts.

Question91

Marks: 1

Bills
rarely reach the floor of the Senate for a vote without the approval of

Choose
one answer.

a. the Lieutenant Governor.

b. Senate
minority leader.

c. Governor.

d. Speaker of
the House.

e. Chairman of
the House Ways and Means Committee.

Question92

Marks: 1

Texas
has had two woman governors in its history–Ann Richards and

Choose
one answer.

a. Sonia Sotomayor.

b. Kay Bailey
Hutchinson.

c. Carol
Keeton Strayhorn.

d. Miriam Ferguson.

e. Susan
Combs.

Question93

Marks: 1

Child
support enforcement and collection for the State of Texas is the responsibility
of

Choose
one answer.

a. the Lieutenant Governor of
Texas.

b. the Department of Health,
Education, and Welfare.

c. the
Attorney General of Texas.

d. the
Comptroller of Public Accounts.

e. the
Governor of Texas.

Question94

Marks: 1

Upon
receiving a bill passed by the legislature, the governor has _____ in which to
sign a bill, veto it, or allow it to become law without a signature.

Choose
one answer.

a. 10 days

b. 140 days

c. until one
week after the end of the legislative session

d. three weeks

e. three days

Question95

Marks: 1

Joe
Straus is the

Choose
one answer.

a. Texas Commissioner of
Agriculture.

b. Texas
Attorney General.

c. Speaker of the Texas House of
Representatives.

d. Comptroller
of Public Accounts.

e. Lieutenant
Governor of Texas.

Question96

Marks: 1

The
Governor of Texas is empowered by the Texas Constitution of 1876 to appoint

Choose
one answer.

a. the three members of the Texas Railroad Commission
to office.

b. the
Lieutenant Governor of Texas to office.

c. the Texas
Agricultural Commissioner to office.

d. the Texas
Secretary of State to office.

e. the Texas
Attorney General to office.

Question97

Marks: 1

Fragmentation
of the state executive into so many largely independent agencies was an
intentional move by the framers to the Texas Constitution and later
legislatures to avoid

Choose
one answe