The Governor and Bureaucracy in Texas

The Governor and Bureaucracy in Texas - The Governor and...

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1 The Governor and Bureaucracy in Texas A Weak Executive Branch ± The Texas Executive Branch is weak, resulting from dispersion of executive responsibility and legal restraints placed on the governor and other executive officials. Overview of the Governorship ± Management of most state agencies rests with appointed boards, not with the governor. Legislators and business leaders like this arrangement. ± Weak Executive Model - The power over most state programs is fragmented to prevent the governor from amassing too much power. The governor is not a chief executive, because he or she has little power over other executives, who are popularly elected or appointed. ± Why Do People Want To Be Governor? Requires large war chest. Constitutionally, the governor is weak, but politically it is a strong office. Must rely on contacts with in state’s power structure for influence.
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2 Overview of the Governorship cont. ± Qualifications and Term of Office - Serve 4 Year Term with no limits on the number of terms they may serve. The constitutional qualifications concern age, residency, and citizenship. ± Election and Compensation - Most governors have been conservative, regardless of their party affiliation, and have had previous government experience. It is unclear whether the traditional model for the Texas governor will continue. The salary is set by the legislature, which has been very generous: the Texas governor’s salary is among the highest in the United States ($115,345/yr). Overview of the Governorship cont. ± Succession - First in line of succession is the lieutenant governor. Texas does not have a well-defined provision for gubernatorial physical or mental disability. ± Removal form Office - Impeachment and conviction are the only constitutional means of forcing a governor from office before the end of the term. The House impeaches (majority vote), and the Senate determines guilt or innocence (two-thirds vote need to convict). Overview of the Governorship cont. ± Staff - A governor’s success is often determined by the ability of his or her personal staff to work with interest groups, the legislature, and the general public. The number of people on the governor’s staff had dramatically increased through the end of Richards’ term, but was reduced early in Bush’s administration.
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3 Powers of the Governor ± The oath of office mandates that the governor cause the laws to be faithfully executed. However, the governor’s powers are inadequate
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