Essay Prompt One: (200 points): Consider the United States Constitution and the Texas Constitution. Compare and Contrast TEN ways that these two Constitutions are Similar or Different. Considering that one of the major purposes of written Constitutions is to limit governmental power please make sure that you focus on how the two constitutions achieve that limit in governmental power and the manner in which they accommodate the idea of federalism. Also please include provisions in the two constitutions about the Legislature, Judiciary and Executive and Federalism and how changes to the United States Constitution have affected the Texas Constitution. How are they similar and how are they different? What are the underlying concepts used in setting up those institutions? Please be sure to clearly identify your TEN points. (A TOTAL of 10 similarities or differences have to be identified. Each similarity or difference that you clearly identify and contextualize is worth 20 points for a total of 20 points. Remember to include provisions in the two constitutions about the Legislature, Judiciary and Executive and Federalism and how changes to the United States Constitution have affected the Texas Constitution).
Essay Prompt Two (100 points): Choose any one of the Texas Executive Agencies (For example, the office of the Attorney General, Department of Agriculture, Office of the Comptroller of Public Accounts (consult page 217, table 8-1 in your textbook for a more exhaustive list.) and describe its structure, its powers, its accountability mechanisms, and its role in Texas Government. In Chapter Eight you will find that many of these agencies have been discussed. Please be sure to consult the current web pages of these agencies to make sure you include all current information about who is currently in charge there etc. The following is a link to the state executive offices in Texas. You can choose any one of the 13 listed here. You will also find further links brief webpages for each office where you will find additional information for your essay (along with your textbook, of course).
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