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Marks: 1

Who is the current Commissioner of Agriculture for the State of Texas?

Choose one answer.

a. Susan Combs

b. Hank Gilbert

c. Jim Hightower

d. Todd Staples

e. Earl Butz

Question2

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Who, among the following elected officials, is NOT a member of the Legislative Redistricting Board?

Choose one answer.

a. Governor of Texas

b. Lieutenant Governor of Texas

c. Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives

d. Attorney General of Texas

e. Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

Question3

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Legislators in Texas are

Choose one answer.

a. subject to term limitation by the Texas Constitution of 1876.

b. all elected in at-large elections.

c. elected in single-member districts in the House of Representatives and in at-large elections in the Texas Senate.

d. all elected in single-member districts.

e. appointed by the governor.

Question4

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Which of the following in NOT a type of committee in the Texas legislature?

Choose one answer.

a. Conference committee

b. Standing committee

c. Irregular committee

d. Special committee

e. Joint committee

Question5

Marks: 1

Greg Abbott is the

Choose one answer.

a. Texas Attorney General.

b. Comptroller of Public Accounts.

c. Lieutenant Governor of Texas.

d. Texas Commissioner of Agriculture.

e. Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives.

Question6

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Regarding the structural powers of the Governor of Texas, how do they compare with the powers of other state governors?

Choose one answer.

a. The official powers of the Governor of Texas are among the strongest in the nation.

b. The official powers of the Governor of Texas are among the weakest in the nation.

c. They are somewhat above average in comparison with the other governors’ powers.

d. The official powers of the Governor or Texas are about average in comparison with other governors.

Question7

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How many members are there on the State Board of Education?

Choose one answer.

a. 15

b. three

c. six

d. nine

e. 03

Question8

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

Choose one answer.

a. The Legislature meets in regular session starting in January for 160 days every odd-numbered year.

b. The Legislature meets in regular session starting in January every year, adjourning at the end of the year in early December.

c. The Legislature meets in regular session every year, holding 140-day sessions in odd-numbered years and 160-day sessions in even-numbered years.

d. The Legislature meets in regular session for 260 days every other year.

e. The Legislature meets in regular session starting in January for 140 days every odd-numbered year.

Question9

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

Choose one answer.

a. Texas Agriculture Commissioner

b. Governor of Texas

c. Texas Secretary of State

d. Comptroller of Public Accounts

e. Texas Land Commissioner

Question10

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The Texas Legislature cannot pass a state budget which creates a budget deficit. This is required by

Choose one answer.

a. the U.S. Congress.

b. the United State Constitution.

c. the Texas Constitution.

d. a resolution passed by the Texas Legislature in 1980.

e. the Texas Supreme Court in a constitutional ruling in the early part of the 1950s.

Question11

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Which of the following officials may the Governor normally appoint?

Choose one answer.

a. the Lieutenant Governor

b. the Texas Secretary of State

c. the Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court

d. a member of the Railroad Commission

e. the Texas Attorney General

Question12

Marks: 1

In Texas, the more than ____ agencies have substantial independence from the governor, which means that each agency has more latitude and independence than federal agencies in deciding what was meant by the legislature and in applying the law to unforeseen circumstances.

Choose one answer.

a. 200

b. 10

c. 100

d. 900

e. 50

Question13

Marks: 1

A committee created whenever a bill is passed in different versions by the House and Senate is called a

Choose one answer.

a. special committee.

b. combined committee.

c. joint committee.

d. standing committee

e. conference committee.

Question14

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Which branch is the central policymaking institution of state government?

Choose one answer.

a. the Texas Supreme Court

b. the Joint Committee on Public Policy of the Texas House of Representatives

c. the Texas legislature

d. the plural executive

e. the Central Policy Commission of Texas

Question15

Marks: 1

In the senate, the membership of committees is determined

Choose one answer.

a. by appointment by the lieutenant governor.

b. by seniority.

c. by the lieutenant governor and a vote of the full Senate.

d. agreement among the members meeting as a committee of the whole in a conference committee.

e. the Committee Assignment Committee.

Question16

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.

a. False–there is no state income tax.

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 8.2

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