The Texas Constitution

TEXAS GOVT 2306 – WORKSHEET 2: MARK the BEST ANSWER(S) on your SCANTRON. Standing Committees have broad subject matter __(1)__ and are __(2)__. 1. A. administrative discretion B. chubbing C. jurisdiction 2. A. in-house B. permanent C. temporary __(3)__ is a prohibited practice, but also an enduring tradition on the Texas House of Representatives floor. It occurs when members cast official votes for their absent colleagues—with or without their express permission. A. busting B. chubbing C. ghost voting The Texas Legislature’s Regular Session is divided into three distinct periods: The first 30 days are reserved for the __(4)__ of bills and resolutions. The second 30 days are generally devoted to committee consideration of the bills and resolutions. The remaining 80 days are devoted to floor __(5)__ and voting on the bills and resolutions. 4. A. consideration B. debate C. introduction 5. A. consideration B. debate C. introduction The Texas Legislature serves the following functions: to represent the _(6)_ in government; to legislate, budget, and _(7)_; to perform constituent _(8)_; to oversee the _(9)_; to consider constitutional _(10)_ for the Texas and U.S. Constitutions; to confirm the governor’s _(11)_; to _(12)_ itself and the U.S. congressional districts in Texas; and to _(13)_ and remove from office corrupt officials. 6. A. Electors B. People C. Skillful Orators 7. A. Tax B. Plan C. Fine 8. A. Education B. Casework C. Outreach 9. A. Autocracy B. Bureaucracy C. Hierarchy 10. A. Resolutions B. Proclamations C. Amendments 11. A. Appointees B. Agenda C. First Lady 12. A. Abolish B. Gerrymander C. Redistrict 13. A. Establish B. Impeach C. Fine The Texas Constitution provides for a Regular session of the Texas Legislature that runs for a maximum of _(14)_ days AND for a legislative session that limited to no more than _(15)_ days. 14. A. 150 B. 140 C. 120 15. A. 10 B. 20 C. 30 The Texas Constitution stipulates that “the legislature shall, at its first session after the publication of each United States _(16)_, apportion the State into Senatorial and Representative districts. 16. A. declination map B. sunset review C. decennial census The SCOTUS case of _(17)_ (1964) held that “the seats in both houses of a bicameral state legislature must be apportioned on a _(18)_ basis. 17. A. Kilgore v. Warmartin B. Reynolds v. Sims 18. A. status quo B. population Today, all representatives in Texas are elected on a _(19)_-member-district basis. 19. A. multi B. single 20. Members of the Texas Legislature may not hold another government office AND must meet specific state constitutional qualifications concerning citizenship, voter status, state residency, district residence, and age. A. True B. False 21. To qualify for membership in the Texas Legislature, the minimum age required for the Texas House of Representatives is 21 years old AND for the Texas Senate is 26 years old. A. True B. False