Chapter 8 Exam

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In Texas, what is the primary effect of a plural executive?

It dilutes the power of the governor and fragments the executive branch.

What is the ultimate check on the governor?


Setting local telephone and electric rates is the responsibility of the

Public Utilities Commission.

In Texas, the plural executive is held accountable through all of the following EXCEPT

appointment by the governor.

When the Texas governor strikes out particular spending provisions in an appropriations bill, it is called

a line-item veto.

Authority over railroads throughout Texas was given to the ______ in 2005.

Texas Department of Transportation

The Texas governor has all of the following legislative powers EXCEPT the power to

break tie votes in the senate.

Which of the following is not a qualification a person would need to be a viable candidate for governor of Texas?

born in Texas

The governor of Texas has

few formal powers, so the office is one of the weakest chief executives in the United States.

In Texas, what is the most important power of the state comptroller?

estimating tax revenues for the legislature

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 that appointee’s state senator agrees.

What makes the greatest difference between strong and weak governors of Texas?

the differences in personality

Which office is charged with ensuring the accuracy of official weights and measures?

the Department of Agriculture

The ______ is the oldest state agency in Texas.

General Land Office

Which of the following statements concerning the Texas Department of Insurance is incorrect?

The department makes sure that all Texans are covered by health insurance.

In Texas, which officer in the plural executive is not elected by voters?

the secretary of state

Which of the following about the lieutenant governor in Texas is incorrect?

The lieutenant governor’s powers are primarily executive, not legislative.

Who was the first Republican governor of Texas since Reconstruction, and when was he or she elected?

William Clements in 1978

______ is the only Texas governor to be both impeached and convicted.

James Ferguson

All of the following have been a lieutenant governor of Texas EXCEPT

Rodney Ellis

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