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Ch 23 PS 212 1 The Office of guv & State Agencies in Texas Chapter 23
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Ch 23 PS 212 2 Basics of the Office Formal / constitutional power the Tex. guv is a WEAK office. For a guv to be effective: must rely on informal power of persuasion Expected ( informal) Roles of the Guv s Chief policy makers Informal chief legislators Party chiefs Ceremonial leaders Chief intergovt al coordinators Qualifications for Texas Guv 30 yrs old A citizen of the US A resident of the state for 5 yrs preceding election Profile : white male who has held previous office.
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Ch 23 PS 212 3 Salary & Benefits for Texas Guv $116,000 per yr salary: higher than most other gov in America Residence provided in Austin Impeachment process/a political process The Texas Houses impeaches/ the Texas Senate tries Lt. guv is next in line of succession behind the guv.
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Ch 23 PS 212 4 Tenure Texas Guv s have the strongest tenure of U.S. Guv s – elected to 4 -yr terms, with no limits on reelection. No term limits: can increase the guv power & influence: no lame ducks All states: if term limits usually 2 (4) yr terms; also majority of govs in other states serve 2 (4) yr terms
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Ch 23 PS 212 5 Formal Powers Appointive Powers The appointive & removal powers of the Texas guv are exceptionally weak. Guv appointments: must be approved by 2/3 of the Tex Senate Senatorial courtesy on the power of the guv: gives the guv less control over the state bureaucracy The voters elect many important state administrators. The guv does appoint a few agency heads, such as the sec of state. Guv needs the approval of the Texas Senate to fire a board/commission member (2/3s) Difficult for the Guv to control the state bureaucracy because The plural executive structure 6-yr terms of bd & commission members Need for st Senate approval to fire bd & commission
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Ch 23 PS 212 6 Budgetary Powers In Texas the guv has very limited authority over budget execution, although he / she has the power of the line-item veto (with 2/3s vote of each chamber needed to override). Texas Line-item veto ONLY deals with st budget bills The Leg Budget Bd is responsible for submitting the FORMAL budget to the st legislature Most other st guvs submit a budget to their respective legislatures Line-item veto is rarely overridden
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PS 212 7 Legislative Powers In addition to the line-item veto on budgets, the Texas guv also has general veto power over legislation. The guv has 20 dys to sign/veto a bill when the TexLeg is out of session If the leg is out of session, & the guv neither signs/vetoes the bill after 20 dys, the bill becomes law. When the Tex Leg is in session, the guv has 10 days
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This note was uploaded on 01/30/2012 for the course HISTORY 101 taught by Professor Smith during the Spring '11 term at Texas A&M University–Commerce.

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