Structure of the Texas State Government


Texas History Conservatism and Contemporary Texas Structure of the Texas State Government
Students learn about the structure of the Texas state government. First they examine the legislative branch and draw a chart of how a bill becomes a law. Then they explore the executive branch and describe one of the various offices, commissions, or committees under its authority. Next they define important characteristics of the structure of the judicial branch. Finally, they create an infographic about one of the three branches.

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In this experience, students learn about the structure of the Texas state government. First they examine the legislative branch and draw a chart of how a bill becomes a law. Then they explore the executive branch and describe one of the various offices, commissions, or committees under its authority. Next they define important characteristics of the structure of the judicial branch. Finally, they create an infographic about one of the three branches.

Objective:

  • Describe the structure and function of state government.


The Texas Constitution separates the powers of the state government into three branches: legislative, executive, and judicial. Each of the three branches of government is part of a system of checks and balances. This system allows each branch to confirm or veto acts of another branch to prevent any one branch from exercising too much power. In this experience, you will learn about the structure of each of these branches.

Objective:

  • Describe the structure and function of state government.




The Goddess of Liberty statue before being positioned on the Capitol dome, 1888



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Students may have found the following facts of interest:

  • Texas paid for the Capitol building by trading three million acres of land.
  • The Texas Capitol building is taller than the national Capitol building.
  • All three branches of government were originally housed in the Capitol building.
  • The Capitol houses many pieces of art related to Texas history.


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