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Texas Government (2306) Exam 3
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An _________ legislature has one house.
A temporary legislative committee may also be called an ________ committee.
Special or Select
____________ Committees meet to study issues between legislative sessions.
The presiding officer of the Texas House of Representatives is the ____________.
Speaker of the House
An _________ is a representative who tries to mirror the views of those he or she represents.
An ________ is a representative who acts according to his or her own conscience.
The presiding officer in the Texas Senate is the ___________.
Senators may use an ________ to try to "talk a bill to death" .
A legislature with two houses is an ________ legislature.
The practice of drawing legislative district lines with the intent of disadvantaging some people is referred to as ___________.
__________ is the only state with a unicameral legislative system.
The 77th Legislature was unique in that the president of the senate was also an _______.
A person must be at least ________ years of age to serve in the Texas House of Representatives and _________ years of age for the senate.
There are _______ members in the Texas House and _______ in the Texas Senate.
House Members are elected for _______ -year terms and Senators are elected to ___________ - year terms.
The Texas Legislature meets biennially for ___________.
Texas Legislators are paid _________ annually.
In 2003, there were fifteen standing committees in the __________.
The Texas state lieutenant governor is chosen in a ___________.
The Texas Legislature meets in regular session how often?
Once every other year
Who determines the matters that will be considered in a special session of the Texas Legislature?
How long may special sessions of the Texas Legislature last?
How is the speaker of the Texas House chosen?
From the membership of the House by the members
How often must legislative redistricting be done?
Every ten years after the census joint resolution
Who can formally submit a bill for legislative consideration?
A member of the House or Senate
What is used to propose amendments to the Texas Constitution?
A joint resolution
Where does mark-up of bills occur?
In committee and subcommittee
Which of the House of Representatives' calendars is for bills that are not expected to face opposition?
Which committee is responsible for resolving differences between House and Senate bills?
In 2003, there were ___________ standing committees in the Texas House.
In the Senate, scheduling is up to _______________________________.
The presiding officer
Impeachment is politically analogous to "indict." The process used in Texas is that the ___________________ impeaches, and the ______________ tries; a two thirds vote is needed to remove from office.
House of Representatives, Senate
The congressional map used for the 2002 elections in Texas was drawn by ____________________________________.
If the governor does not sign or veto a bill, what happens to the bill?
It becomes law
The detailed operating budget for the state is prepared by __________________________________________.
The Legislative Budget Board
The regular procedures that an agency within a bureaucracy uses to carry out its functions are called ________________________ procedures.
The idea of breaking down the overall work of a bureaucracy into small tasks and having those tasks performed by one person over and over is referred to as ____________________________ of duties.
The practice of discriminating against an entire neighborhood is called ____________.
The ____________ principle refers to the principle that the best-qualified people get jobs and promotions.
In Texas, the insurance business is regulated by the _________________.
Texas Department of Insurance
An organizational system that has a defined hierarchical structure, standardized procedures, and a specialization of duties to carry out public policies is a(n) ____________.
How are members of the State Board of Education chosen?
They are elected
Currently, the State Board of Education has how many members?
Currently, the main function of the Railroad Commission is _____________________________________.
To regulate the various energy groups in Texas
What state agency is responsible for the state's roads?
The Transportation Department
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality was created in what year?
The most basic form of regulation is a ____________.
A(n) ____________ is a program that provides benefits to all those who qualify for the program without a limit on the number of recipients.
In Texas, the __________________ card can be used by recipients of the Texas food stamp program to purchase food.
____________ is a health insurance program for the elderly.
____________ is the welfare program that replaced AFDC.
Most Texans currently live in ____________ areas.
____________ means having insufficient resources to meet the basic needs of shelter, food, clothing, and health care.
The megastate with the highest rate of poverty is ____________.
Lack of success in education is both a(n) ____________ and a potential ____________ of poverty.
The Social Security Act passed in ____________.
The 1988 Family Support Act required that states continue ____________ for one year after AFDC benefits ended.
Old Age Security and Disability Insurance (Social Security) is funded by ____________ taxes.
SSI is a(n) ___________ -tested program.
In 2003, the poverty threshold for a family of four was $______________.
Approximately what percentage of the children in Texas lives in poverty?
List three causes of poverty.
Changing job market, lack of education, and population changes
Average per capita annual income in Texas in 2001 was how much?
High paying jobs increasingly demand ___________________________.
On average, women are paid ______ for every dollar earned by a man.
Lack of access to health care can lower both the ________________________ and the ____________________.
Quality of life, length of life
The oldest federal program in the social area is ___________________________.
Food stamps became a part of the federal government's programs for the poor in which decade? _________________.
Which state agency administers Medicaid in Texas?
Health and Human Services Commission
Under TANF, an able-bodied individual must go to work within what period of time?
In what year did funding reductions in CHIP result in over 100,000 low-income children being dropped from the program?
The 1896 Supreme Court case that resulted in the concept of "separate but equal" was ____________ v. ____________.
__________________ programs are designed to help minority students gain admission to colleges and universities.
The case of Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, established that separate schools for blacks and whites were __________________.
The Higher Education _________________ was established for schools that do not receive money from the PUF.
The __________________ Initiative was a commitment by the state of Texas to spend millions of dollars on new and existing university campuses in South Texas.
Texas ranks ____________ the national average in teacher salaries and per student spending.
Independent school districts are government by a(n) ____________ of ____________.
Board of trustees
Senate Bill 7 dealt with the issue of __________________.
Public school funding
Statewide policies for institutions of higher education in Texas are established by the Texas ____________________________________.
Higher Education Coordinating Board
In which case did the Supreme Court rule that so-called "separate but equal" educational facilities for blacks and whites were inherently unequal?
Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas
The major source of funding for Texas public schools is ______________.
Hispanics and African American students make up approximately what percentage of the student population at Texas state universities?
Which Texas high school graduates are guaranteed acceptance into any state university?
Those in the top 10% of their graduating class
Which of the Texas Universities ranks among the nation's top public universities?
Texas A&M College Station
The test currently used by the State of Texas to measure school performance is the __________________.
Approximately how many ISDs are there in Texas?
The budget that the House of Representatives looks at is the one made by________________________________.
The Legislative Budget Board
The Governor's ___________________________________ makes the governors budget if he/she wishes a separate one.
Office of Planning and Budget
The ________________________________ must certify the budget as well as set the limits for the budget.
Comptroller of Public Accounts
Texas makes a budget how often?
Biennially (every 2 years)
Texas's budget year begins in ______________________________ and ends on ___________________________.
September 1 through August 31
______________________________________ is the largest expenditure of the state services.
In the 1990's Texas passed a Constitutional amendment to allow a one time only ___________________________
to pay for new prisons to relieve overcrowded conditions in the prisons.
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