Quiz # 8 Texas Government 2306
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One of the most important state regulatory boards in the United States is the ________ , a constitutionally authorized elective board whose three members serve for overlapping six-year terms.
The railroad commission
One of the governor's most powerful formal legislative tools is _______, a power which allows the governor to stop a bill from becoming law.
The text describes the function of the executive branch as
implementing public policies and basically doing what government does.
More than one-half of the governors who have served since 1900 have been
________ laws require that meetings of government bodies at all levels of government be open to the general public except when personnel, land acquisition, or litigation matters are being discussed.
Open - meetings
In the event that the governor is removed or vacates office, who then becomes governor for the remainder of the elected term?
The lieutenant governor becomes governor for the remainder of the elected term.
Some reformers advocate a Texas administration patterned after ________ where the chief executive has the power to appoint and remove top administrators.
the cabinet system of the federal government
It can be said that the governor possesses ________ appointive power to boards and commissions, and ________ powers of removal.
Which of the following statements about special sessions is TRUE?
The governor may call as many special sessions as he or she wants.
Texas governors serve a
four-year term, with no limit on the number of terms he or she may serve
Senators have some influence over appointments from their districts due to senatorial
The Texas Constitution outlines five important elective executive offices that are legally independent of the governor and are therefore responsible to the people rather than the governor. Which of the following executive officers is one of these offices?
If the state of Texas suffered a natural disaster, the governor may act as the "voice of the people" by requesting federal aid. In this case, the governor would be acting as
chief of state.
________ power allows the governor to focus the attention of the press, legislators, and citizens on legislative proposals that he or she considers important.
Which of the following statements regarding the governor's salary is TRUE?
The governor's salary is considerably higher than the salaries paid to legislators
The most natural allies for an agency are its _______, which are those that are directly affected by agency programs.
constituent or clientele interest groups
The rules and regulations written by administrators to implement public policy are known as
Which informal legislative power can be used by the governor as a tool of persuasion to influence bureaucrats and help the governor shape legislation while it is still in the legislature?
the threat of veto
Because their job is to provide a liaison between the office of the governor and the legislature, which individuals serve as the governor's lobbyists?
Which of the following usually has budget power that is more influential than the governor's?
the Legislative Budget Board
Which of the following statements BEST describes the power of the Texas governor?
A long-serving governor with the support of powerful interest groups can wield a dominant influence over the enactment and implementation of public policy.
Impeachment is the legislative equivalent of which of the following?
Electing executive officers to make the bureaucracy directly accountable to the people through the democratic process is known as
Based on past elections, a person with which of the following characteristics would have an edge in a Texas gubernatorial election?
an Anglo Protestant
Governors appoint ________ commissions consisting of influential citizens, politicians, and members of concerned special interest groups to help measure public reaction to proposals or to delay consideration of issues that may be politically uncomfortable.