State and Local Government

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Chapter 9-11

The State Board of Education

determines policy in the administration of public education by the independent school districts under legislative guidelines.

Devolution

is the transferring of responsibility for responsibility for government programs from the federal level to the state governments.

The mission of the Sunset Advisory Commission is to

recommend the merging, abolition, or continuation of state agencies.

Deregulation means that

Business practices are governed by market forces.

The ability of the Public Utilities Commission to regulate communication in Texas is somewhat limited by

the policies of the national government.

The term jurisdiction refers to

the types of cases that a court is competent to hear and decide.

A court that hears and decides causes tried for the first time has

original jurisdiction

Other judges of local courts, which must be an attorney licensed to practice law in Texas?

County court at law judge

County jails are employed for all of the following purposes in Texas except to

confine persons who are unable to pay their debts.

Private prisons contracting with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice are most likely to house

nonviolent offenders

Which statement regarding judicial districting is incorrect?

The legislature assigns one judicial district for every 60,000 inhabitants of the state.

Which of the following is not a Texas constitutional guarantee regarding jury rights of persons in Texas?

Jury verdicts in all cases must be unanimous.

When a case can be heard only one court, that court is said to have

exclusive jurisdiction.

Implementing reforms in the method and procedure for selecting Texas judges would likely require

substantial revision of Article V of the Texas Constitution.

The Texas Constitution requires:

that state spending be in balance with state revenues, except to meet casual deficiencies in the treasury and other narrow purposes.

Spending for public assistance

ranks Texas near the bottom of the 50 states in public assistance available to indigent persons.

According to the reading "Put this Effort in Drive

the Legislature should reverse its indifference to the Texas parks system.

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