5 Written questions
5 Matching questions
- District Attorney
- City Court Judge
- Police Officer
- President of the Senate
- police jury
- a Powers: Prosecutes crimes. Responsibilities: Decide which alleged crimes are worth prosecution based on evidence and severity. Limits: Must follow the laws and the constitutions; the courts and voters evaluate; Can only enforce the laws and ordinances made by the legislative branch.
- b Powers: Hear cases involving traffic, small claims, and evictions. Responsibilities: Impartially decide cases guided by the laws and constitutions. Limits: Cannot hear cases over $25,000, Decisions may be appealed.
- c Powers: Presides over the Louisiana Senate. Responsibilities: Manage the Senate and enforce its rules on the Senators. Limits: Elected by the members of the Senate.
- d Powers: Stop, search (with probable cause and/or a warrant), and arrest people. Responsibilities: Deter crime; Investigate crimes; Enforce the laws. Limits: Must follow the law and the constitutions (US & LA) as determined by judicial branch: Must only enforce laws & ordinances created by legislative branch.
- e The legislative branch at the parish level is called a ___ in 41 of the 64 parishes. These are usually smaller parishes. Powers: May propose new parish ordinances and has a vote on ordinances as a part of the legislative branch; Performs administrative functions (such as hiring and firing personnel) associated with the executive branch. Responsibilities: Attend meetings; Represent the interests of his or her constituents. Limits: Ordinances and executive acts may not conflict with state or federal laws or constitutions.
5 Multiple choice questions
- Powers: Votes and writes opinions on important legal cases that involve the interpretation of the Louisiana Constitution. Responsibilities: Vote impartially on the legal and constitutional merits of the case. Limits: Decisions must not conflict with the U.S. Constitution; Decisions may be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.
- Powers: Initiate new bills, including those related to new taxes and the budget; Initiate the impeachment, perhaps leading to removal from office, of public officials at the state level. Responsibilities: Represent the interests of his or her constituents. Limits: Is only one vote out of 105.
- Powers: Keep records of real estate transactions, moveable property transactions, court decisions, marriages, etc. Responsibilities: Keep accurate and complete records for the courts. Limits: Must keep office open on the hours required by the state.
- Powers: Has all the powers and responsibilities of the other Louisiana Supreme Court Justices; Chief administrative officer of the Louisiana judicial system. Responsibilities: Vote impartially on the legal and constitutional merits of the case. Limits: Decisions must not conflict with the U.S. Constitution.
- Powers: Introduce bills into the Senate; Vote bills into law (with the House); Vote to remove government officials after the House has impeached. Responsibilities: Represent the best interests of his or her constituents. Limits: Cannot introduce bills related to taxes or spending money.
5 True/False questions
Council Member → Powers: Order an autopsy; Commit a patient to a psychiatric facility against his or her will for two weeks if the ___ determines the patient is a danger to himself or herself or others. Responsibilities: Investigate unexplained deaths. Limits: Must follow the laws and the constitutions; the courts and voters evaluate; Must be a licensed physician unless no licensed physician will take the job.
Treasurer → Powers: Assign grades and discipline students. Responsibilities: Successfully implement the state curriculum as measured by standardized tests; Maintain a safe learning environment. Limits: Must implement the curriculum; Can recommend disciplinary actions, but APA, Principal, and even School Board can have input on the disciplinary action.
Speaker of the House → Powers: Presides over the Louisiana House of Representatives. Responsibilities: Manage the House and enforce its rules on the Representatives. Limits: Elected by the members of the House.
Teacher → Powers: Invest state funds; Disburse state funds. Responsibilities: Keep state funds secure; Manage the state's money; Lead the Louisiana Department of the Treasury; Make an annual financial report to governor and legislature. Limits: The legislature creates the budget and mandates the spending.
Commissioner of Agriculture → Powers: Test and certify insurance professionals; Investigate insurance companies. Responsibilities: Regulate the insurance companies operating in Louisiana; Protect consumer's best interests. Limits: Must follow the laws and constitutions of the state and federal governments.