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Texas Executive Branch Govt 2306

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Texas Executive Branch Govt 2306 GOVT 2306.003

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These book notes cover Chapter 8 about the Texas Executive Branch
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Jenifer Nguyen on Thursday March 10, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to GOVT 2306.003 at University of Texas at Dallas taught by Brian Bearry in Fall 2015. Since its upload, it has received 41 views. For similar materials see State and Local Government in Political Science at University of Texas at Dallas.

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Date Created: 03/10/16
Chapter 8: TX Executive Branch THE GOVERNOR o Qualifications  At least 30 years of age  U.S. citizen  Resident of TX for 5 years o Executive Powers  Appointments state officials, which allows control throughout state government  Patronage: reward supporters with office appointments  Executive budget  Commander in chief (martial law and command of Rangers) o Legislative Powers  Veto (post adjournment, line item)  Calls special sessions o Judicial Powers  Appoints judges with there is an unexpected vacancy PLURAL EXECUTIVE o A fragmented executive branch. Officeholders’ election is independent of governor’s election o It consists of 1. The governor 2. Secretary of state: state official who administers elections o Only position appointed by the governor o Collects election-night returns to make results available to media 3. Lieutenant governor: president of Senate o Serves as acting governor when he’s out of state o Succeeds governor when he cannot properly perform duties o Debates/votes on issues within Senate o Sets up standing/special committees 4. Attorney General: state’s chief civil lawyer o Manages legal activities when state is involved o Advisory opinion with ruling has force of law o Primarily concerned with civil cases 5. Commissioner of the General Land Office o Manages most publicly owned land o Deals with environmental matters (ex: pollution) o Veteran’s Land Program provides low cost loans 6. Commissioner of Agriculture: enforces agricultural laws to ensure products are high quality and disease free 7. Comptroller of Public Accounts o Directs collection of taxes o Estimates revenue return for budget o Holds state funds and responsible for its safety and investment SUNSET ADVISORY COMMITTEE o Reviews the effectiveness of agencies o After review they recommend three actions  Continue work without changes  Continue work after revision  Terminate the agency BOARDS, COMMISSIONS, REGULATORY AGENCIES o Purpose  Provide broad policy guidance  Provides advice for operation  Place where interest groups can influence executive  Provide patronage where supporters can be rewarded o Bureaucracy: complex structure of offices, tasks, rules, principles, of organization employed by large scale institutions to coordinate work of their personnel o Run by several bodies  Multimember Appointed Boards  Appointed Single Executives  Multimember Elected Boards


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