Inside the Texas Special Report, you learned about the history and evolution of the Texas State government, including the executive, legislative, and judicial branches; the various forms of local government; and political parties and elections in Texas. The legislative branch is responsible for making laws for the state, approving appointments made by the governor, and working with the governor to establish the state budget. In this activity you will take a closer look at the composition and duties of the Texas legislature.
Destination Title: Texas Legislature Online
Start at the Texas Legislature Online Web site.
- Under "House of Representatives," click on Speaker of the House. Read the introduction of this person, and then click on and read Powers and Duties of the Speaker of the House.
- Return to the main screen. Under "Senate," click on Lieutenant Governor. Read the introduction, and then click on and read Duties and Powers.
- Return to the main screen once more. Under "Legislative Information," click on Legislative Process. In the menu that appears, click on Diagram of Legislative Process.
Use what you have learned to answer the following questions.