5 Written Questions
5 Matching Questions
- Council Member
- District Court Judge
- a Powers: Hears legal cases; Civil -- lawsuits; Domestic -- divorce and child custody; Criminal -- violations of the criminal code. Responsibilities: Decide impartially on the legal and constitutional merits of the case. Limits: Decisions must not conflict with the Louisiana or U.S. Constitutions; Decisions may be appealed to the Circuit Courts of Appeal.
- b Powers: Introduce bills into the Senate; Vote bills into law (with the House); Vote to remove government officials after the House has impeached. Responsibilities: Represent the best interests of his or her constituents. Limits: Cannot introduce bills related to taxes or spending money.
- c Powers: May propose new city ordinances; Has a vote on ordinances. Responsibilities: Attend city council meetings; Represent the interests of his or her constituents. Limits: Ordinances may not conflict with state or federal laws or constitutions.
- d Powers: Order an autopsy; Commit a patient to a psychiatric facility against his or her will for two weeks if the ___ determines the patient is a danger to himself or herself or others. Responsibilities: Investigate unexplained deaths. Limits: Must follow the laws and the constitutions; the courts and voters evaluate; Must be a licensed physician unless no licensed physician will take the job.
- e Powers; Manages law enforcement and incarceration for the parish. Responsibilities: Makes personnel decisions about the deputies and other employees in the department. Limits: Must follow the laws and the constitutions; the courts and voters evaluate; Can only enforce the laws and ordinances made by the legislative branch.
5 Multiple Choice Questions
- Powers: Stop, search (with probable cause and/or a warrant), and arrest people. Responsibilities: Deter crime; Investigate crimes; Enforce the laws. Limits: Must follow the law and the constitutions (US & LA) as determined by judicial branch: Must only enforce laws & ordinances created by legislative branch.
- Powers: Institute, prosecute, and intervene in any civil action or proceeding on behalf of the state; Advise and assist local district attorneys at their request. Responsibilities: Act as the chief attorney for Louisiana's state government; Head of the Louisiana Department of Justice; Promote public safety. Limits: Must follow the laws and constitutions of the state and federal governments.
- Powers: Inspection of products related to agriculture and natural resources; Inspection of weights and measures used in selling products related to natural resources. Responsibilities: Manages the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry. Limits: Must follow the laws and constitutions of the state and federal governments.
- Powers: Votes and writes opinions on important legal cases that involve the interpretation of the Louisiana Constitution. Responsibilities: Vote impartially on the legal and constitutional merits of the case. Limits: Decisions must not conflict with the U.S. Constitution; Decisions may be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.
- Powers: Initiate new bills, including those related to new taxes and the budget; Initiate the impeachment, perhaps leading to removal from office, of public officials at the state level. Responsibilities: Represent the interests of his or her constituents. Limits: Is only one vote out of 105.
5 True/False Questions
Governor → Powers: Commands Louisiana National Guard (unless the Guard has been federalized and placed under the command of the President of the United States); Veto bills, requiring a 2/3 majority in both legislative chambers (House and Senate) to override; May submit administrative bills to the legislature through friendly legislators; Call special sessions of the legislature if he or she feels a matter is too urgent to wait for the next session; Is the Chief Executive Officer of Louisiana. Responsibilities: Enforce the laws of Louisiana; Prepares and submits a budget to the legislature; Appoint members of many boards and commissions. Limits: Must enforce the laws created by the legislature; Must follow the laws and constitutions of the state and federal governments.
Clerk of Court → Powers: Keep records of real estate transactions, moveable property transactions, court decisions, marriages, etc. Responsibilities: Keep accurate and complete records for the courts. Limits: Must keep office open on the hours required by the state.
Circuit Court Judge → Powers: Votes and writes opinions on legal cases appealed from the District Courts. Responsibilities: Vote impartially on the legal and constitutional merits of the case. Limits: Decisions must not conflict with the Louisiana or U.S. Constitutions; Decisions may be appealed to the Louisiana Supreme Court.
Treasurer → Powers: Invest state funds; Disburse state funds. Responsibilities: Keep state funds secure; Manage the state's money; Lead the Louisiana Department of the Treasury; Make an annual financial report to governor and legislature. Limits: The legislature creates the budget and mandates the spending.
Supreme Court Chief Justice → Powers: Has all the powers and responsibilities of the other Louisiana Supreme Court Justices; Chief administrative officer of the Louisiana judicial system. Responsibilities: Vote impartially on the legal and constitutional merits of the case. Limits: Decisions must not conflict with the U.S. Constitution.