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Test 1 review-part 3
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Government is a process of decision making conditioned by all of the following except:
Constitutions are expected to do all of the following except:
identify political leaders
A constitution promotes _________ if the general public agrees that the gov has the right to govern its citizens.
The constitutions of the texas republic and first states constitutions are products of:
plantation culture, anglo protestant slaveholders, some provision for spanish mexican law
Which of the following concerning the texas constitution of 1836 is not correct?
it established a federal system of gov for the republic
Texas fought and won its independence from which of the following countries?
The constitution of the republic of texas adopted some provisions from spanish mexican law, including:
homestead protections, protection for a wifes property rights, concept of community property
Which is a correct statement about texas?
texas won independence in 1836 and gained statehood in 1845
Common law refers to:
customs upheld by courts and derived from british tradition
What issued delayed texas annexation to the US in 1836?
the slavery controversy in the US
Which of the following is not true of the tx const. of 1845
it granted the governor a term of four years
The kind of ballot that results fromt he election of a large number of independent executive and judicial officers is a:
Which is a correct statement about the tx const. of 1866?
secession from the union was nullified, confederate war debts were renounced, a civilian gov was established
Which of the following is not correct about the tx const. of 1896?
it decentralized the tx public school system
Which of the following is not true of the reconstruction act of 1867?
it was passed by the radical democrats in congress
Which of the following was the slogan of the tx grange going in to the 1875 constitutional convention?
retrenchment and reform
The constitution of 1875 was opposed by all of the following groups except:
Texas grangers were opposed to the idea of:
A pragmatic view of the role of state const. should not lead to the conclusion that they are:
only incidental to good government
Article 1, section 19 of the texas const. protects against:
Law passed by legislatures and written into code book is:
Which of the following is not a guaranteed additional right granted by the current tx const.?
it prohibits the garnishment of wages for any reason
Which is not encompassed by the principle of check and balances?
confirmation of appointments given tot he house of representatives
Which of the following is not true of the tx legislature?
senators serve six year terms and representatives serve four year terms
Aricle 3 of the tx const. assigns power to a ___________legislature consisting of the 31 members of the senate and the 150 members of the house of reps.
Which state agency is permitted to recommend salary increases for legislatures?
texas ethics commission
Which is a correct statement about tx special sessions?
texas special sessions are more restrictive than any other state
Which statement is correct regarding term limitations of legislatures in the tx state const.?
term limits to not exist in the const.
State constitutional provisions voided by a conflicting US constitutional is:
According to the tx const., which of the following is not true concerning the executive branch of gov?
the requirements to be governor are stricter in texas than other states
Which power allows the governor to appoint supervisory boards but not operational directors for most state agencies?
The tx const. makes the governor a relatively weak executive, however he maximizes influences with:
his tenure in office, his veto power, his appointive powers
The power of some governors to reduce amounts in an appropriations bill witout striking them out is defined as:
Texas and OK are the only states that have:
two courts of final appeals
Which of the following is not a power granted to the tx governor?
Which of the following is not a proposal to reform the process of selecting judges in tx?
The const. stipulates that state judges are to be selected by which method?
partisan election by the voters
Which is another name for the merit selection of judges?
the missouri plan
The state gov decentralizes power by assigning many functions to units of local gov, especially:
_____________ is a document authorizing the establishment of a city with a population of 5000 or less whose structure and organization are prescribed and limited by state law.
general law charter
Which of the following has limited purposes in terms of local gov.?
Which election method allows citizens to place proposals on the ballot for voter approval? if the measure passes, it becomes law.
Which method of election permits voters to determine if an ordinance or statute will go into effect
Texas gives its voters the power to do which of the following?
approve constitutional amendments
Which of the following is tru about the texas const. amendment process?
ratification by the majority of voters
Article 17 of the tx const. provides for:
proposal of constitutional amendments
Texas does not permit voters to decide directly on:
James leininger has been a major force in tx politics because:
he is cofounder of tx public policy foundation, which influences tx's tax and education policies, he was the driving financial force behind the constitutional amendment to ban same sex marriage, he is a major sponsor of gov perrys political career
Which is not a correct statement about the present day tx const.?
it is the longest state const.
The constitutional convention of 1974 was divided over which issue?
reducing the term of the governor to two years
Opposition to the 1975 proposed constitutional overhaul centered on all of the following issues except:
biennial legislative sessions
When state governments misuse their powers, the response is usually to:
place constitutional limitations and restrictions on those powers
Which statement most accurately reflects state constitutions?
they are poorly written and as a result are interpreted to be overly restrictive
State const. require more amendments because of each of the following except:
state const. are usually written in general terms and need additional clarification
Compared to the US and other state const, tx generally has:
more words, more total amendments, higher frequency of amendments per year
During the decade that followed the civil war, texas went from a period of reconstruction to one of reconstitution. This was defined by:
the drive to guarantee former slaves their political and civil rights, the centralization of state power created an anti gov political environment, the attitudes of those who wrote an ratified it.
In 1867, the radical republicans in washington prevailed among the postwar factions with:
strengthening military rule, the removal of local officials, requiring former confederate state to ratify the 13th, 14th, 15th amendments
Which of the following is true about the const. of 1869?
it gave the governor the power to appoint members of the texas supreme court, the legislature was permitted to meet annually, it created the perception that it was more concerned with punishing than reconstructing tx.
Which US supreme court case voided the tx governors election of 1873?
ex parte rodriquez
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