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The Speaker of the House:
• Recognizing legislators who wish to speak and ruling on procedural questions.
• Must sign all bills and joint resolutions passed by the legislature.
• Also vote on all bills, resolutions, and other questions that come before the house.
• The rules empower the speaker to appoint the membership of all standing committees (while still respecting the rule of seniority).
• Also gains power from being assigned the responsibility for referring all proposed legislation to committees.
• Appoint conference committees, to create select committees, and to direct committees to conduct interim studies when the legislature is not in session.
• Serves on the Legislative Council and the Legislative Audit Committee and serves as vice chair on the Legislative Budget Board. He is also a member of the Legislative Redistricting Board.
• the speaker is elected to the house from a single-member district that includes approximately 1/150th of the Texas population (recall that the house has 150 members).
Lieutenant Governor:
• The lieutenant governor serves as the president of the senate
• Charged with casting the deciding vote on the senate floor in the event of a tie.
• Also appoints the committees of the senate, which is a considerable power because committees tend to hold control over specific policy areas.
• Has the authority to assign bills to specific committees.
• Chairman of the Legislative Budget Board and the Legislative Council, and is vice chairman of the Legislative Audit Committee and the Legislative Education Board.
• Whereupon the lieutenant governor assumes the powers and responsibilities of the governor.
• lieutenant governor, who holds a statewide elective office in the executive branch.