Texas Government Review

Steps: Please answer the questions below

1. Before a bill can be acted upon on the floor of the house of the senate, there must be a
– vote to determine if action is appropriate
– approval by the Governor
– A quorum of members present
– a conference committee appointed

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2. To delay the vote on a bill, legislators may engage in
– chubbing
– filibuster
– raising points of order
– all of the above

3. According to the Texas Constitution, votes in the state legislature do not need to be recorded
– true
– false

4. Which of the following is NOT a power of the leader of the senate or the house
– the power to break ties
– the power to appoint committee chairs
– the power to appoint conference committees
– the power to veto a bill

5. Some legislators choose to represent their constituents as a DELEGATE, which means that they
– do whatever the majority of their constituents want them to do
– do whatever they think is best for the district for more details visit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Government_of_Texas 

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6. Some legislators choose to represent their constituents as a TRUSTEE, which means that they
– do whatever the majority of their constituents want them to do
– do whatever they think is best for the district

7. Gerrymandering is never permitted because it is a violation of the US Constitution
– True
– False

8. In order to get a raise, who must approve an increase in legislator salaries?
– the Legislative Budget Board
– voters
– the Governor
– the Texas Ethics Commission

9. Gerrymandering is allowed as long as the reason for the district lines is NOT based on
– Gender
– Age
– Political party
– Race
– None of the above because gerrymandering is never allowed

10. How much does a Texas legislator earn in a year in a legislative salary?
– $7,200
– $72,000
– $720
– $0

11. How often does the Texas legislature officially meet?
– Every year for 140 days
– Every other year for 140 days
– 50 weeks per year
– Only when the Governor calls a session to order

12. Texas has one of the shortest state constitutions of all the states in the United States
– True
– False

13. The Bill of Rights in the United States Constitution applies to the states because of the 14th Amendment
– True
– False

14. Since the United States Constitution does not address victim’s rights, the Texas Constitution is able to address victim’s rights.
– True
– False

15. The first Texas Constitution was influenced by which of the following
– Spanish/Mexican law
– The United States Constitution
– English common law
– All of the above

16. Law that is written down, in the constitution or in-state regulations is called ________ law
– Statutory
– Common
– Written
– Implied

17. Law that is derived from judicial decisions is called ________ law
– Statutory
– Common
– Written
– Implied

18. How is the Texas Constitution amended?
– 3/4 approval by the legislature and a majority of registered voters
– 2/3 approval by the legislature and approval by the governor
– 2/3 approval by the legislature and a majority of voters who vote
– The Texas Constitution cannot – and has not – been amended

19. Amendments to the Texas Constitution are usually not approved by the voters.
– True
– False

20. The Texas Constitution provides for ____ branches of government in order to maintain a separation of power.
– 2
– 3
– 4
– 5

22. The first Texas Constitution after Texas became a state in 1945 contained provisions that were
– pro-corporation
– pro-monopoly
– anti-corporation
– anti-slavery

23. Are there any term limits for elected state officials in Texas?
– Yes
– No

 

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