Organization of State Government - Reading Comprehension
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Organization of State Government Reading Comprehension
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Organization of State Government
By Phyllis Naegeli
  

1     State governments are organized similar to the federal government. However, there is a significant difference in the way power is distributed in each of the state governments. Some give the governor tremendous power and limit the number of elected officials. Some elect many of the officials within the executive branch creating a weak governor. Legislators vary from full-time, paid lawmakers to part-time members who are barely compensated for their time.
 
2     Each state has a constitution outlining its highest law. A state constitution must not contradict the U.S. Constitution. These state constitutions outline the structure of their government and give guidelines for making laws.
 
3     The leader in a state is the governor. Like our president, a governor is responsible for administering the laws of the state. They prepare budgets, appoint certain state agency leaders, command the state's National Guard troops, and assist in setting the agenda for the legislature. All states have requirements for serving as governor. Those wishing to be governor must be of a certain age and live in the state for a required number of years. Most states require U.S. citizenship.

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