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Poli Sci 2312-005 Test 3
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The governor of Texas has
few formal powers, so the office is one of the weakest chief executives in the United States
In Texas, if a sitting governor is unable to hold office due to impeachment and conviction, resignation or death, who becomes governor?
the lieutenant governor
_______ is the only Texas governor to be both impeached and convicted
What is the most important function of the Texas governor's staff?
to keep the governor informed about problems and issues
Which of the following is the best example of the Texas governor's exercise of senatorial courtesy?
The governor will not appoint someone to office unless the appointee's state senator agrees.
When the Texas governor strikes out particular spending provisions in an approriations bill, it is called
a line-item veto
For the Texas governor, what is the benefit of a post-adjournment veto?
The legislature is prevented from overriding it.
Setting local telephone and electric rates is the responsibility of the
Public Utilities Commission
Which court in Texas has automatic jurisdiction over all death penalty cases?
the court of criminal appeals
Appeals at the level of the court of appeals are typically heard by panels of how many justices?
The main trial courts in Texas are called
Courts that can review matters relating to the disposition of property of deceased persons are refered to as
The majority of cases in municipal courts involve
traffic and parking violations
What is the most important role the governor of Texas plays in the judicial process?
The governor has the power to appoint judges to fill any vacancies on the bench for the time period before the elections are held.
What is it called when a blue-ribbon committee selects judicial nominees who are then appointed by the governor and must finally run for rentention in office?
The Texas Judicial Campaign Fairness Act
limits the amount of campaign contributions a judicial candidate can receive from an individual donor
In the state of Texas, what is the policy for felon's right to vote?
Felons are allowed to vote upon full discharge of their sentence.
A minor criminal offense, usually punishable by a small fine or a short jail sentence is a(n)
In a situation in which the defendant may have committed his or her first offense, the judge is more likely to issue a punishment of
in regards to the rules of community supervision (probation) requirements, what are the results of compliance versus violation?
A criminal in compliance will likely receive an early rellease of up to one-third the term, while a criminal in violation may be sent to jail for the remainder of his or her sentence.
An individual convicted of a nonviolent crime must serve how much of his or her term before being considered for parole?
at least one-fourth or fifteen years, whichever is less
In Texas, the legal standard of guilt beyond a reasonable doubt is used in which type of cases?
both felony and misdemeanor
In the past thirty years, the costs of prison construction and maintenance have risen from approximately ____ to approximately ____.
$147 million; $3 billion
The average age of an inmate in a Texas prison is _____ years old.
Which state agency was eliminated in 1996?
security, driver, mansion, Gardener, cook, bills paid
$150,000 per month.
Kay Bailey Hutchison
husband died; first female senator of texas; retired 2 years ago and named the convention center In dallas after her.
First female governor of texas
second female governor of texas; 1990; last democrat to be elected governor in texas
Running for governor (democrat)
longest serving governor of texas; booed him when he was on stage at conan. Ran for president 4 years ago and is running again
rep nominee for governor; currently attorney general
current lieutenant governor; trying to keep his job; tried to get huchison's senator seat and lost. Ted Cruz beat david dewhurs
district attorney in dallas county
secretary of state of texas- in charge of elections
comptroller but she's retiring
George P Bush
won Republican nomination for land commissioner
We have weak gov system in texas because we have a plural executive which means lieutenant gov, comptroller, land and ad commissioner are all elected on their own and don't have to follow the governors power.
Secretary of state
Texas Railroad Commission
oil and gas
State Board of Education
over education; in texas in the past they have tried to get science textbooks focused on creationism but they've lost their power because most of the books are ebooks
Right to work laws
Texas has a right to work without unions
power of the city, county, or state to take property for the public good; Texas changed law after Arlington mowed down about 500 houses to build the AT&T stadium
agreement before you get married that says if there's a divorce, the person that has all the money gets to keep the money
State incarceration rates
highest was louisiana, lowest was maine
Texas first, virginia second
it's very easy to amend constitution in texas
Texas state pardon and parole board
decides which eligible offenders to release on parole or discretionary mandatory supervision and under what conditions
appointed by governor, highest ranking of state national guard
there's a lot of them and they have an economic effect on the towns that they are in
1st texas prision
crime for minor things; based on how much it's worth if theft
serious crimes where you can go to county jail or state prison
court in texas that is the busiest, handle all felonies and divorce; 50% of people in Texas get divorced
almost every large city in texas has one; main thing it does is make money. Most that come through are for traffic events
most texas excutors wrap up estates with very little court supervision
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