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The body which provides research support and bill-drafting assistance to legislators is the Legislative Council. District lines for the Texas legislature are drawn by the Texas Legislature. The authority to investigate and punish violations of Texas ethics laws is granted to the Texas ethics commission To understand the operations the Texas legislature, one must understand the power of the Correct Answer: c. lieutenant governor and the speaker of the house. The Texas body that periodically evaluates state agencies and makes recommendations as to restructuring or abolishing such agencies is the Correct Answer: b. Sunset Advisory Commission.

The Texas senate has how many members?
Correct Answer: c. 31
A committee action that tables legislation, effectively killing it, is called Correct Answer: b. pigeonholing.
A rule in the Texas senate which allows a senator to halt consideration of a bill for forty-eight hours is called Correct Answer: d. tagging.
In the Texas senate, a bill placed on the calendar solely to assure a two-thirds vote on legislation is called a Correct Answer: a. blocking bill.
The Texas legislature may override a governor’s veto by a
Correct Answer: c. two-thirds vote of both houses.
The political power of the Texas Lieutenant governor is largely based on Correct Answer: c. the rules of the Texas Senate.
The Texas legislature has historically been organized on the basis of Correct Answer: b. conservative ideology.
A procedure whereby a bill can be forced out of committee for consideration by the chamber as a whole is called Correct Answer: c. a discharge petition.
The governor’s legislative power stems from all the following except his Correct Answer: a. authority to appoint committee chairs. When the senate forms itself into a committee of the whole,
Correct Answer: d. a simple majority is required to consider legislation. The Texas house committee which controls the budget requests of all other...
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