Presentation on theme: "Texas Government. State constitution Basic principles Protection of civil rights Structure of state government Powers of the branches of State."— Presentation transcript:
State constitution Basic principles Protection of civil rights Structure of state government Powers of the branches of State government Process of constitutional change
Texas Constitution One of the longest with 390 amendments It is about 2.5 times longer than the average state constitution
Amendments Amendments can be proposed by: 1) Constitutional Convention 2) Legislature 3) Voters
Ratification All State amendments can be ratified by a vote of the people
Laws Statutory Laws are laws that are passed by the legislature Examples: agricultural, educational, tax codes Fundamental laws are laws of basic and lasting importance. Examples: court cases that focus on a person's rights: San Antonio ISD vs Rodriguez (1973): dealt with implied rights and written rights.
Popular Sovereignty The people are the sole source of the government's power.
Limited Government Powers given to the government are limited
Initiative Process by which the voters sign a petition favoring a proposal
Committee System Laws are referred to committees for recommendations to the full House Similar to national Congress system A large number of these bills originate from public and private sources