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Exam 3


Bicameral having a legislative assembly composed of two chambers or houses.
Per Diem daily payment to a public official engaged in state business.
Regular Session 140 day period, occurring only in odd numbered years, during which the Texas legislature meets to consider and pass bills.
Biennial idea that legislative service is a part-time job and belief that short sessions would limit the power of the legislature .
Special Session a legislative session called by the governor that addresses an agenda set by him or her that last no longer than 30 days.
Special Bill bill that gives an individual or corporation a special exemption from the state law.
Concurrent Resolution resolution of interest to both chambers of the legislature and which must pass both the House and Senate and generally be signed by the governor.
Joint Resolution commonly a proposed amendment to the Texas constitution or ratification of an amendment to the U.S constitution, that must pass both the House and Senate but does not requires the governors signature.
Simple Resolution concerns only the Texas House or Senate, such as the adoption of a rule or the appointment of an employee, and which does not require the governors signature.
Constituent person living in the district from which an official is elected
Electoral Power the legislatures mandated role in counting returns in the elections for governor and Lt. governor. This is accomplished during a joint session when it is organized for the regular session.
Investigative Power exercised by the House, Senate, or both chambers jointly, to investigate problems facing the state.
Directive and Supervisory Power legislatives power over the executive branch.
Judicial Power power of the House to impeach and of the Senate to convict members of the executive and judicial branches of state government.
Pigeonholing a bill is killed by the chair of the standing committee to which it was referred, as a result of his/her setting the bill aside and not bringing it before the committee.
Post- Adjournment Veto occurs after the legislature adjourns, thus preventing the legislative from overriding it.
Line- Item Veto power of the executive to veto specific provisions (lines) of an appropriations bill passed by the legislature.
Recognition power to control floor debate by recognizing who can speak before the House and Senate.
One- Person, One- Vote principle that all districts should have roughly equal populations.
Appointment Power power of the chief executive to appoint persons to office.
Patronage resources available to higher officials, usually opportunities to make political appointments to offices and to confer grants, licenses, or special favors to supporters.
Senatorial Courtesy practice whereby the governor seeks the indication that the senator from the candidates home supports the nomination.
Plural Executive power is fragmented because the election of statewide office holders is independent of the election of the governor.
Bureaucracy the complex structure of offices, tasks, rules, and principles of organization that are employed by all large- scale institutions to coordinate the work of their personnel.
Pre- Session Bargaining negotiations that let the governor and the Legislature leaders reach the necessary compromises prior to the start of the legislature session.
Message Power constitutional requirement, the governor must deliver a State of the State message as the beginning of each legislative session.
Removal Power governor may remove appointees for "Cause" wit 2/3rds of Senate approval.
Planning Power governor has planning powers over the issuance of federal grants.
Baker vs. Carr 1962,
Reynold vs. Simms 1964, "One Person, One Vote",
Chubbing opponents of a bill may attempt to delay action on the bill in an effort to run out the clock of the session.
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