Chapter 3 Quiz
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A constitution promotes __________ showing that the general public agrees that the government has the right to govern its citizens.
Texas permits voters to decide directly on only three matters: constitutional amendments, the state income tax, and
The Texas legislature has the power to establish limited-purpose local governments called __________ that perform functions that counties and cities cannot afford because of constitutional tax and debt limits.
Although the Texas Constitution provides that the governor is the chief executive, it actually establishes __________ executive by dividing executive powers among several independently elected officers.
In order to limit the power of the governor by providing for the election of some of the officers that governors were previously allowed to appoint, the only amendment to the constitution of _________ established the beginning of a long ballot with which Texans are familiar today.
Ironically, in 1972, Texas voters had to _______ the constitution to provide for its revision.
In comparison to other large, populous states, the salaries of Texas legislators are ________
Which of the following rights is guaranteed by the Texas Bill of Rights but is not specifically mentioned in the U.S. Constitution?
The Texas Bill of Rights prohibits discrimination based on sex.
Although most state constitutions are long like Texas's constitution, few are as _______ as Texas's constitution.
Which of the following is true regarding the governorship in Texas?
Texas does not impose term limits on its chief executive.
The provisions in the Republic of Texas Constitution recognized owner-occupied properties, known as ______ , and protected them from forced sale under most circumstances.
Most recent constitutional amendments have been ________ by Texas voters, while the 1975 attempt to revise and reorganize the Texas Constitution ________ .
approved; failed to pass
In Texas, judges are chosen in _______ elections, general elections in which the candidates are nominated by political parties, and their respective party labels appear on the ballot.
In Texas, the proposal of a constitutional amendment must be approved by
two-thirds of the total membership of each house of the Texas legislature.
Voter turnout in Texas state general elections has averaged _____ percent in even-numbered years, when federal, state, and county officials are on the ballot.
Because of the ________ in the Texas Constitution, its framers guaranteed that even relatively unimportant decisions that could be easily handled by the legislature must be changed only by constitutional amendment.
The concept that each branch of government is assigned power to limit abuses in the other branches is called
checks and balances
Which of the following is a correct statement about Texas special sessions?
The governor can call as many special sessions as he or she wishes.
The 1869 Constitution served as the instrument of government for an era that most Texans and traditional historians would regard as the most __________ in the state's history.
corrupt and abusive
Texas is the only state other than Oklahoma that has
two courts of final appeal
A(n) _________ is a process that empowers citizens to place a proposal on the ballot for voter approval.
Since 1995, voter turnout in off-year constitutional amendment elections has sat at an average of _____ of the state's voting age population.
Law passed by legislatures and written into books of code is called _______ law.
When the constitutional convention convened to establish the first constitution of Texas in 1836, it sought to establish a(n) ______ form of government.
Texas is among 44 states that give the governor ________ veto power to strike out particular sections of an appropriations bill without vetoing the entire bill.