chp 8 vocab

  1. blue-ribbon commission
    a group assembled by the governor (or legislature) that may have both fact-finding and recommending authority. It often contains public personages or authorities on the subject that is being considered. Such commission can help measure public reaction to proposals and my also let the governor delay consideration of issues that may be politically uncomfortable
  2. chief of state
    the governor, who serves as the symbol of texas and who performs ceremonial duites and represents the state at meetings with foreign officials adn other governors
  3. clemency powers
    executive authority to grant relief from criminal punishment; Texas' governor's clemency powers are very limited
  4. formal (legal) powers
    powers stated in the rules, a law, or a consitution
  5. impeachment
    officially charging an office holder with improper conduct in office
  6. informal (extralegal) powers
    texas governor's authority to appoint supervisory boards but not operational directors for most state agencies
  7. message power
    the influence a person gains merely by being in the public eye. For ex, message pwr allows the governor to focus the attention of the press, legislators, and citizens on legislative proposals that he or she considers important. The visibility of high office draws instant public attention for the officeholder's proposals, a power that led Teddy Roosevelt to refer to the presidency as the "bully pulpit"
  8. presession bargaining
    Neogotiations that let the governor and the legislative leaders reach the necessary compromises prior to the start of the legislative session. This usually ensures passage of the legislation
  9. senatorial courtesy
    the tradition of allowing a senator to reject the governor's appointment of a political enemy from the senator's district. The senator declares the appointee "personally obnoxious" and the other senators vote to reject the appointee
  10. threat of veto
    an informal power of the Texas governor. threating in advance to veto legislation enhances the governor's bargaining power with legislators, enabling the governor to shape the content of the legislation while it is still in legislature
  11. veto
    the executive powers to reject a proposed law unless an unusual majority of the legislature (usually 2/3) votes to override the governor's opposition. This is almist an absolute power in texas beause the legislature is seldom in session when the governor issues the veto
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chp 8 vocab
vocab for chp 8