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Texas 87th Session Legislative Quiz


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Texas 87th Session Legislative Quiz

Question 1 of 10.

The current Speaker of the Texas House is:

1. Dennis Bonnen
2. Dade Phelan
3. Nancy Pelosi
4. David Spiller

The answer is: Dade Phelan

On the first day of the session, Rep. Dade Phelan was chosen by the members of the Texas House to serve as Speaker, the presiding officer of the body.

Question 2 of 10.

What Latin term meaning “without day” is used to signify the final adjournment of a session of a legislative body?

1. Ex Officio
2. Pro Tempore
3. Royale with Cheese
4. Sine Die

The answer is: Sine Die

The Texas Legislature adjourns sine die when it adjourns without appointing a day on which to appear or assemble again. The final day of the current session is May 31, 2021.

Question 3 of 10.

How often does the Texas Legislature meet?

1. 140 days every two years
2. Two years every 140 days
3. 100 days every year
4. 45 days in even-numbered years, 60 days in odd-numbered years

The answer is: 140 days every two years

The Texas Legislature convenes for a regular session on the second Tuesday of each odd-numbered year. In 2021, lawmakers began meeting on January 12 and will finally adjourn on May 31.

Question 4 of 10.

Once a regular session has concluded, the Governor may call lawmakers back for any number of 30-day special sessions to consider what topic(s)?

1. Whatever lawmakers want
2. Whatever the Lt. Governor wants
3. Whatever the Governor wants
4. All of the above

The answer is: Whatever the Governor wants

Only the Governor can call a special session of the Texas Legislature, and lawmakers are limited to the consideration of topics that are named by the Governor. There is no limit to the number of special sessions that can be called, but there is also no requirement that legislation on those topics must be passed by lawmakers. For instance, in a 2017 special session, lawmakers passed about half of the Governor’s 20-item list of topics on the call.

Question 5 of 10.

What is the current rate of pay for a Texas legislator?

1. $7.25 per hour
2. $600 per month
3. $174,000 per year
4. $0, it is a volunteer position

The answer is: $600 per month

Members of the Texas House and Senate each make $600 a month, though they also receive a stipend for each day that their respective bodies meet while in regular or special session. After a certain period of service, they are also eligible to receive a fairly substantial pension.

Question 6 of 10.

Which official is in charge of releasing the Biennial Revenue Estimate (BRE), which informs lawmakers how much they’ll have to spend over the next two years?

1. Secretary of State
2. Chair of the Senate Finance Committee
3. Comptroller
4. Governor

The answer is: Comptroller

On Jan. 11, Comptroller Glen Hegar estimated that there would be $112.5 billion in general revenue available for lawmakers to spend in the next two-year state budget.

Question 7 of 10.

In 2021, the Texas Legislature will use U.S. Census data to conduct a redrawing of electoral districts throughout the state. What maps are the Texas House and Senate charged with adopting?

1. Texas House and Senate Districts
2. U.S. Congressional Districts in Texas
3. Texas State Board of Education
4. All of the above

The answer is: All of the above

Redistricting typically takes place every ten years, following the completion of the U.S. Census. If the House and Senate do not come to an agreement on a redistricting map, then the map is instead drawn by the Legislative Redistricting Board, a body comprised of the Lt. Governor, Speaker of the House, Attorney General, Comptroller, and Commissioner of the General Land Office.

Question 8 of 10.

The 87th Legislature includes four members who are serving in their first regular session as Senators. Of the four, which did not previously serve in the Texas House of Representatives?

1. Sarah Eckhardt (D-Austin)
2. Roland Gutierrez (D-San Antonio)
3. César Blanco (D-El Paso)
4. Drew Springer (R-Muenster)

The answer is: Sarah Eckhardt (D-Austin)

Prior to being elected to the Texas Senate, Sarah Eckhardt served as Travis County Judge. Her father served in the U.S. House of Representatives for 14 years. In common legislative lingo, State Senators who have previously served as State Representatives are said to be ‘House-trained.’

Question 9 of 10.

To bring a bill up for consideration in the Texas Senate, a certain percentage of its members must approve doing so. This year, the Senate reduced that threshold to what number?

1. A simple majority
2. 2/3
3. 3/5
4. 5/9

The answer is: 5/9

Based on the change, 18 of the Senate’s 31 members can vote to bring a bill up for consideration. Coincidentally, there are 18 Republican members in the body, down from 19 last session.

Question 10 of 10.

True or False: Under current guidelines, individuals who test positive for COVID-19 are barred from entering the Texas Capitol.

1. True
2. False

The answer is: False

As of March 12, all visitors to the Capitol this session have the option of taking a COVID test; they are not required to do so. If they test negative, they are given a wristband indicating their negative test. A positive test does not prevent you from entering the Capitol, though there may be certain rooms or meetings that are restricted for people without wristbands indicating a negative test result.

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