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Unformatted text preview: The Governor Qualifications Formal 30 years of age American citizen citizen of Texas 5 years prior to election Informal WASP, male, lawyer Ideologies Democratic primary nominees Conservative to moderate build coalition business, minorities, unions, teachers Republican primary nominees conservative to moderate gain support of conservative Democrats Tenure 4 year term no term limitations removal by impeachment by HR (simple majority) and conviction of Senate (2/3 majority) Lt. Governor becomes governor Compensation $115,000 year governor's mansion expense account maintenance of mansion professional staff Staff advice, information and assistance for decision making key ingredient for successful chief executive political appointments boards commissions legislative assistants liaison between governor and legislative leadership function as governor's lobbyists persuade legislators to support governor's position administrative skills needed administration of office Tools of Persuasion To influence public policy bargaining ability persuasiveness broker between competing interests depends on personality Constitutional Powers Veto, item veto, threat of veto Calling special sessions of legislature Appointing member to boards and commissions The Veto bill has passed both chambers if signed, bill becomes law if vetoed, bill is sent back to legislature override veto by 2/3 vote In Texas, if governors neither signs nor vetoes bill, it becomes law no pocket veto kills legislation passed at end of session by ignoring bill Item Veto funds for specific items or projects negative legislative tool Threat of a Veto used to persuade and shape legislation legislators, bureaucrats, lobbyists Special Sessions exclusive gubernatorial power legislative subject limited to 30 days Legislators and lobbyists "critical issues" Formal Tools Executive Tools of Persuasion power shared by governor and other elected executive offices (plural executive) one of the weakest state chief executive in nation Tools for Governor Power to appoint Chief of state Chief budget officer Clemency Power to Appoint Appointive power independent boards and commissions administrative and regulatory policy administrators to implement Senate confirms appointees senatorial courtesy refusal of senate to vote to confirm State judiciary fill vacated offices until next general election Ceremonial Role Chief of State pomp and ceremony first citizen of Texas leadership effectiveness increased popularity and prestige broadens image coordinates relations between Texas and other state governments extradition of prisoners federal aid for disasters Budget Budget Powers chief budget officer of the state governor's proposals not as influential as Legislative Budget Board (LBB) Clemency Clemency powers 1936 amendment Board of Pardon and Paroles curtailed governor's powers makes clemency recommendations to governor Governor exercises clemency functions by recommending less clemency (but not more) postpone execution of death penalty for 30 days ...
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This note was uploaded on 03/27/2012 for the course POLS 2306 taught by Professor Bezdek during the Spring '08 term at Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi.
- Spring '08