Government

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Question1

Marks: 1

The structural weakening of the office of the governor and the creation of the plural executive in Texas was NOT the result of which of the following?

Choose one answer.

[removed] a. The reaction of Texans to Reconstruction
[removed] b. The desire of the founding fathers of Texas to closely copy the structure and operation of the executive branch of the federal government in Washington
[removed] c. The Constitution of 1876
[removed] d. The reaction of Texans to the governorship of E.J. Davis

Question2

Marks: 1

Legislators in Texas are

Choose one answer.

[removed] a. appointed by the governor.
[removed] b. elected in single-member districts in the House of Representatives and in at-large elections in the Texas Senate.
[removed] c. all elected in single-member districts.
[removed] d. subject to term limitation by the Texas Constitution of 1876.
[removed] e. all elected in at-large elections.

Question3

Marks: 1

Although the Governor prepares a budget to submit to the Texas Legislature at the beginning of a session, the members of the Legislature typically ignore the budget proposed by the Governor in favor of a budget drafted by the

Choose one answer.

[removed] a. State Commission on Budgetary Development and Analysis.
[removed] b. Comptroller.
[removed] c. State Treasurer.
[removed] d. Legislative Budget Board.
[removed] e. Congressional Budget Office.

Question4

Marks: 1

The governor of Texas may grant executive clemency.

Answer:

[removed]True[removed]False

Question5

Marks: 1

The vice president of the United States is, according to the U.S. Constitution, the president of the U.S. Senate; however, according to the rules of the U.S. Senate he has little authority over that body. The real head of the U.S. Senate is the Senate Majority Leader. Who is the President of the Texas Senate and the real leader of the Texas Senate?

Choose one answer.

[removed] a. the lieutenant governor of Texas is the president of the Texas Senate but the real leader of the Texas Senate is the Senate majority leader of the Texas Senate
[removed] b. the lieutenant governor is the president of the Texas Senate and is, under the rules of the Texas Senate, the real leader of the Texas Senate
[removed] c. the lieutenant governor of Texas is the president of the Texas Senate, however, the real leader of the Texas Senate is the leader of the majority party in the Texas Senate
[removed] d. the vice president of Texas is the president of the Texas Senate, however, the real leader of the Texas Senate is the Senate majority leader
[removed] e. the speaker of the Texas House also acts as the president of the Texas Senate and is its actual leader

Question6

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In what type of committee is the bulk of the work in the legislature done?

Choose one answer.

[removed] a. Joint committee
[removed] b. Standing committee
[removed] c. Combined committee
[removed] d. Special committee
[removed] e. Conference committee

Question7

Marks: 1

How long is a special session of the Texas Legislature?

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[removed] a. up to 140 days
[removed] b. no more than two weeks
[removed] c. up to 30 days
[removed] d. as long as required to complete the agenda of the governor.
[removed] e. no more than one year

Question8

Marks: 1

How many members are there on the Texas Railroad Commission?

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[removed] a. three
[removed] b. nine
[removed] c. 12
[removed] d. 15
[removed] e. six

Question9

Marks: 1

The principal responsibility of the Texas Secretary of State is

Choose one answer.

[removed] a. to negotiate treaties for Texas with foreign governments.
[removed] b. to regulate electric and telephone rates in Texas.
[removed] c. to act as the chief election officer for the State of Texas.
[removed] d. to collect taxes for the State of Texas.
[removed] e. to act as the head of the president of the Senate when the Texas legislature is in session.

Question10

Marks: 1

Before an appointment by the governor to an executive branch board or agency becomes effective, the governor’s nominee must first be reviewed and approved by

Choose one answer.

[removed] a. the judicial branch of Texas government, in the form of the Texas Supreme Court, in its oversight function of the executive and legislative branches of government.
[removed] b. a vote of the Texas Senate.
[removed] c. a vote of the full legislature.
[removed] d. a vote of the Texas House.
[removed] e. a joint conference committee made up of Texas Senators and Representatives.

Question11

Marks: 1

Which branch is the central policymaking institution of state government?

Choose one answer.

[removed] a. the Texas Supreme Court
[removed] b. the Joint Committee on Public Policy of the Texas House of Representatives
[removed] c. the plural executive
[removed] d. the Central Policy Commission of Texas
[removed] e. the Texas legislature

Question12

Marks: 1

Most of the legislative work of the Texas Legislature is conducted

Choose one answer.

[removed] a. by the governor.
[removed] b. in legislative committees.
[removed] c. on the floor of the Texas House.
[removed] d. during special sessions of the legislature.
[removed] e. in the House of Representatives.

Question13

Marks: 1

The largest area of tax revenue for State of Texas comes from

Choose one answer.

[removed] a. income taxes.
[removed] b. sales taxes.
[removed] c. severance taxes.
[removed] d. ad valorem taxes.
[removed] e. property taxes.

Question14

Marks: 1

There are how many members in the Texas House of Representatives?

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[removed] a. 435
[removed] b. 32
[removed] c. 31
[removed] d. it varies from session to session depending on the state’s population
[removed] e. 150

Question15

Marks: 1

Probably the most contentious issue facing the State Board of Education is its periodic review of

Choose one answer.

[removed] a. textbook adoptions.
[removed] b. state budget requests.
[removed] c. teacher salaries.
[removed] d. state football programs.
[removed] e. University Interscholastic League literary competition rules.

Question16

Marks: 1

The Comptroller of Public Accounts is

Choose one answer.

[removed] a. the chief election officer of the State of Texas.
[removed] b. the chief tax collector for the State of Texas.
[removed] c. responsible for collecting overdue child support payments for Texans.
[removed] d. responsible for administering the Texas Veterans’ Land Board.
[removed] e. issuing corporation charters and monitoring public corporations in the State of Texas.

Question17

Marks: 1

How can the Texas Legislature override a legislative veto by the Governor?

Choose one answer.

[removed] a. the Texas Constitution forbids the Legislature to override a gubernatorial veto
[removed] b. by a vote of a conference committee
[removed] c. by a majority vote of the Texas Senate alone in the exercise of its advise and consent power
[removed] d. by a 2/3rds vote of members present from both houses
[removed] e. by a simple majority vote of members present from both houses

Question18

Marks: 1

What type of bill applies only to one unit of local government (example: the Legislature creates a new county-court-at-law for Harris County)?

Choose one answer.

[removed] a. general bill
[removed] b. a true bill
[removed] c. a resolution
[removed] d. a special bill
[removed] e. private bill

Question19

Marks: 1

The predominant occupation for members of today’s Texas legislature are

Choose one answer.

[removed] a. pharmacy and real estate.
[removed] b. business and finance.
[removed] c. medicine and insurance.
[removed] d. law and business.
[removed] e. education.
education and sales.

Question20

Marks: 1

The Lieutenant Governor is elected every four years by

Choose one answer.

[removed] a. the voters of the State of Texas.
[removed] b. the members of the Texas Senate.
[removed] c. the caucus of the majority party at the start of a new legislative session.
[removed] d. a vote of the full legislature.
[removed] e. a single-member district election in Travis County, home county for the Texas Legislature (in Austin).

Question21

Marks: 1

David Dewhurst is the

Choose one answer.

[removed] a. Texas Land Commissioner
[removed] b. Governor of Texas
[removed] c. Comptroller of Public Accounts
[removed] d. Lieutenant Governor of Texas
[removed] e. Texas Secretary of State

Question22

Marks: 1

Rick Perry is currently the

Choose one answer.

[removed] a. Lieutenant Governor of Texas.
[removed] b. Texas Secretary of State.
[removed] c. Comptroller of Public Accounts.
[removed] d. Governor of Texas.
[removed] e. Texas Agricultural Commissioner.

Question23

Marks: 1

Which of the following government entities does NOT rely on or operate primarily from property taxes?

Choose one answer.

[removed] a. County government
[removed] b. Independent school districts
[removed] c. State government
[removed] d. Municipal government
[removed] e. Community college districts

Question24

Marks: 1

Which of the following officials enforces the state’s weights and measures laws?

Choose one answer.

[removed] a. Texas Secretary of State
[removed] b. Governor of Texas
[removed] c. Texas Land Commissioner
[removed] d. Comptroller of Public Accounts
[removed] e. Texas Agriculture Commissioner

Question25

Marks: 1

What is the purpose served by an interim committee of the Texas Legislature?

Choose one answer.

[removed] a. to iron out differences between different versions of legislation passed by the House and the Senate
[removed] b. to meet and study issues in the period between regular legislative sessions
[removed] c. to draft a state budget for consideration be the full legislature
[removed] d. to consider overrides of gubernatorial vetoes
[removed] e. to assign bills to calendars for scheduling on the House floor

Question26

Marks: 1

The governor of Texas is considered to have military powers because he is commander-in-chief of

Choose one answer.

[removed] a. all U.S. military troops which are stationed in Texas at a given time.
[removed] b. the Austin Chapter of the American Legion.
[removed] c. the Texas National Guard.
[removed] d. the Fort Hood military installation in Central Texas.
[removed] e. the Corps of Cadets at Texas A&M University.

Question27

Marks: 1

The impeachment process for a high Texas state official begins with articles of impeachment (the charges, or official allegations) being brought by the

Choose one answer.

[removed] a. Texas Senate.
[removed] b. Texas House of Representatives.
[removed] c. Governor of Texas.
[removed] d. Attorney General of Texas.
[removed] e. Supreme Court of Texas.

Question28

Marks: 1

Police powers are attributed to the Texas governor since he has the authority to appoint members of

Choose one answer.

[removed] a. Criminal Science Institute (CSI) of Texas.
[removed] b. Texas Rangers.
[removed] c. the director of the Texas Bureau of Investigation.
[removed] d. the board of the Department of Public Safety.
[removed] e. state investigatory grand jury.

Question29

Marks: 1

With regard to the creation and adoption of the biennial budget for the State of Texas, the Governor of Texas

Choose one answer.

[removed] a. has tremendous influence over the preparation, creation and adoption of the budget of the state each biennial session.
[removed] b. greatly influences the creation and adoption of the budget for the state through the Government Office of Management and Budget.
[removed] c. influences the creation and adoption of the state’s biennial budget through his selection and appointment of the Texas Secretary of the Treasury.
[removed] d. has sole constitutional power in the state to develop and set the state biennial budget; he then sends the completed budget to the legislature for implementation and distribution based upon his (the governor’s) specific and strict directions
[removed] e. has little official power and influence over the creation and final adoption of the biennial state budget during the regular legislative session.

Question30

Marks: 1

Which of the following is true concerning regular sessions of the Texas Legislature?

Choose one answer.

[removed] a. The Legislature meets in regular session starting in January for 160 days every odd-numbered year.
[removed] b. The Legislature meets in regular session every year, holding 140-day sessions in odd-numbered years and 160-day sessions in even-numbered years.
[removed] c. The Legislature meets in regular session starting in January every year, adjourning at the end of the year in early December.
[removed] d. The Legislature meets in regular session for 260 days every other year.
[removed] e. The Legislature meets in regular session starting in January for 140 days every odd-numbered year.

Question31

Marks: 1

Respond to the following statement: “The state income tax in Texas is set at 6.25% of a person’s annual income.”

Choose one answer.

[removed] a. True
[removed] b. False–The income tax is set at 2% of a person’s annual income. When added to the federal income tax requirement, a Texas citizen pays 8.25% of her income in income taxes.
[removed] c. False–there is no state income tax.
[removed] d. False–the state income tax is based on the biennial income of a Texas citizen.

Question32

Marks: 1

The state agency which regulates telephone and electric rates in Texas is called

Choose one answer.

[removed] a. the Legislative Budget Board.
[removed] b. the Public Utility Commission.
[removed] c. the Texas Railroad Commission.
[removed] d. Texas State Board of Insurance.
[removed] e. the Sunset Advisory Board.

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