Voluntary spending limits were also included in the new law. In an election in the voters had selected Austin as the site. One striking result was the end of the usual hectic, last-minute rush in the House to pass bills. The governor was also directed to prepare a budget and given the assistance of an executive budget officer.
Local government was enormously affected by the passage in of the "Home Rule Amendment," which allows municipalities of more than 5, population to adopt their own charters and to pass ordinances of their own choosing, subject only to the Texas constitution and general laws. Herndon  and Nixon v.
An extraordinary number and variety of governmental reforms were adopted during the last decades of the twentieth century, but comprehensive constitutional revision failed in and various other major changes considered important by some, such as state tax restructuring, have not occurred.
Although sharing common principles, state constitutions also differ from one another, influenced by their state and regional politics and culture. In the s the legislature provided limited supervision of administration spending after the adoption of the budget under its newly acquired budget-execution authority and by statute set up two legislative-oversight boards, one to review implementation of education policy abolished in and the other to review policy on criminal-justice law.
One exception was the absolute disqualification of members of the United States armed forces soldiers, sailors, and marinesan exclusion retained until To provide medical services primarily to the indigent to be financed independently of city and county property taxes, the first of many hospital districts was formed.
By the number of Republican legislators had increased to within reach of majority status in both houses. And failure to redistrict as required by the Texas constitution led to a amendment that provided for the Legislative Redistricting Board, composed of five officials serving ex officio, to draw legislative districts when the legislature failed to do so.
In the legislature appointed the Joint Legislative Committee on Organization and Economy to study the Texas administration, but none of the reforms recommended in its comprehensive report became law.
Other such boards were established in the s. White never to have left the Union. Civil service was limited to agencies required to adopt it as a condition of federal aid, such as the Department of Public Welfare and the Texas Employment Commissionand to any that used it voluntarily.
The courts of civil appeals remained without criminal jurisdiction until By statute and constitutional amendment, the Texas Supreme Court has become the administrative head of the Texas judicial system, with power to promulgate administrative rules and rules of civil procedure to promote the efficient and uniform administration of justice.
Providing this protection based on state charters has been called "the New Judicial Federalism" and is nationwide. In the Supreme Court majority was Republican, and in several cities, including Dallas and Houston, most judges were Republicans.
The most attention has been paid to the onerous fiscal restrictions placed on the legislature by the new charter. The limit on state debt, although severe, was not as restrictive as that of the charter. One result was new methods for legislative oversight of the administration. Representatives were given laptop computers to use at their desks on the floor for the first time, and citizens gained access to government documents by their home computers.
An indication of new directions was the Texas Commission on Human Rightsinstituted in to enforce legislation against discrimination in employment; enforcement extended to housing in The process was used frequently in the years ahead.
The House was scheduled to reach a maximum of members as population grew, and the size of the Senate was fixed at thirty-one. The administration of the poll-tax system also served as a statewide voter registration system, hitherto prohibited by the constitution.
In regional councils of governments were authorized by state law as a mechanism for resolving problems of governance in areas characterized by economic, social, and physical interdependence but lacking any areawide government with power to act on common concerns. Constitutionally speaking, Texas was ruled in Texas v.
Following rejection by the legislature of a proposed document prepared by a joint legislative committee ina constitutional convention call was referred to and accepted by the voters, who elected delegates at the same election.
Of enormous importance were limits on property-tax rates, the first in a Texas constitution, and the flat ban on financial assistance from state and local governments to individuals, associations, or corporations, exceptions to which required constitutional expression.
In the Office of Court Administration was established by statute to provide for management of state courts. An Annotated and Comparative Analysis 2 vols. Among other legislative reforms in the s were the passage of the Legislative Reorganization Act ofwhich emphasized continuous use of legislative resources by such means as interim committee meetings, the first constitutional limit on regular sessions daysthe first annual legislative salary, and the first constitutional-revision commission Of five gubernatorial elections from toRepublican candidates won three.
Moreover, no major state tax restructuring to provide financial support for government has occurred since the sales tax was adopted in Also, for the first time since Reconstruction, Republicans have won "down ballot" executive races, namely byfor treasurer, agricultural commissioner, and all three railroad commissioners.Start studying MID TERM.
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