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Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: State Legislatures and ALEC (HBO)
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: State Legislatures and ALEC (HBO)
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Video Glossary: Bicameral Legislature
Video Glossary: Bicameral Legislature
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The Legislature Today 02/02/2015
The Legislature Today 02/02/2015
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Texas Legislature Approves Open Carry Law for Handguns
Texas Legislature Approves Open Carry Law for Handguns
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BC Legislature -Motion on BC Ferries
BC Legislature -Motion on BC Ferries
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Cliven Bundy, supporters gather before Nevada Legislature
Cliven Bundy, supporters gather before Nevada Legislature
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I Team Legislature expected to tackle public lands debate
I Team Legislature expected to tackle public lands debate
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Uproar in the Mpumalanga legislature over a dress
Uproar in the Mpumalanga legislature over a dress
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Parliament punch-up: Huge fight erupts among MPs in Ukraine legislature
Parliament punch-up: Huge fight erupts among MPs in Ukraine legislature
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Taiwan Legislature Fight
Taiwan Legislature Fight
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Voting practices in Texas State Legislature
Voting practices in Texas State Legislature
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CBC: Winnipeg
CBC: Winnipeg's Secret Code (Manitoba's Masonic Legislature building)
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FORMAL OPENING OF THE LEGISLATURE
FORMAL OPENING OF THE LEGISLATURE
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Nebraska Legislature Repeals Death Penalty
Nebraska Legislature Repeals Death Penalty
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The Legislature Today 01/22/2015
The Legislature Today 01/22/2015
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The Legislature Today: Live Floor Session
The Legislature Today: Live Floor Session
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2014 State of the Territory Responses by the 30th Legislature
2014 State of the Territory Responses by the 30th Legislature
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Taiwanese Legislature Fight 3
Taiwanese Legislature Fight 3
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Exhibit Eh! Manitoba Legislature
Exhibit Eh! Manitoba Legislature
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First Day of the 2015 Texas Legislature
First Day of the 2015 Texas Legislature
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A bipartisan group of legislators won
A bipartisan group of legislators won't give up on Oregon
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++COMPLETE++ hurricane chris at the louisiana legislature halle berry  she
++COMPLETE++ hurricane chris at the louisiana legislature halle berry she's fine
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Mock Legislature
Mock Legislature
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Somalia Civic education film  The Legislature
Somalia Civic education film The Legislature
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BC Legislature
BC Legislature's Question Period: ESL Matters
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TEXAS MASONS TEXAS LEGISLATURE 2015
TEXAS MASONS TEXAS LEGISLATURE 2015
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Hawaii State Legislature opening day 2015
Hawaii State Legislature opening day 2015
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State Legislature Corruption
State Legislature Corruption
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FPA WEB TV: OPENING OF 53RD LEGISLATURE
FPA WEB TV: OPENING OF 53RD LEGISLATURE
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420 Marijuana Rally in Edmonton, Alberta Legislature grounds
420 Marijuana Rally in Edmonton, Alberta Legislature grounds
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Union Executive & Legislature 001
Union Executive & Legislature 001
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Mike Bost Passionate Fight for 2nd Amendment to Illinois Legislature
Mike Bost Passionate Fight for 2nd Amendment to Illinois Legislature
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Covering the Legislature: Reporting Words
Covering the Legislature: Reporting Words
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Things got a little loud in the Illinois State Legislature Tuesday
Things got a little loud in the Illinois State Legislature Tuesday
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Dick Woods interviews Warren Farrell at the Iowa State Legislature
Dick Woods interviews Warren Farrell at the Iowa State Legislature
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Jeffrey Deskovic Speaks to the New York State Legislature on the Board of Parole
Jeffrey Deskovic Speaks to the New York State Legislature on the Board of Parole
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Arizona Legislature Opening Ceremonies
Arizona Legislature Opening Ceremonies
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TX State Legislature 101 w/ Bill Zedler
TX State Legislature 101 w/ Bill Zedler
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ORTB   Politique   Installation de la 7eme legislature
ORTB Politique Installation de la 7eme legislature
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The Legislature Today 01/29/2015
The Legislature Today 01/29/2015
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The Edmonton Legislature.wmv
The Edmonton Legislature.wmv
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Dr. Morse to WA Legislature: "History Will Not Be Kind To You!"
Dr. Morse to WA Legislature: "History Will Not Be Kind To You!"
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SB 674 Louisiana Legislature 2014
SB 674 Louisiana Legislature 2014
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Orange County Legislature
Orange County Legislature
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Texas Legislature weighing three differnt bills on marijuana
Texas Legislature weighing three differnt bills on marijuana
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Neighborhood Legislature Explanation
Neighborhood Legislature Explanation
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Kentucky Legislature full movie
Kentucky Legislature full movie
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The National Legislature
The National Legislature
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California legislature looking at new gun laws
California legislature looking at new gun laws
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Premier Brad Wall welcomes Gainer the Gopher to the Legislature
Premier Brad Wall welcomes Gainer the Gopher to the Legislature
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A legislature is the law-making body of a political unit, usually a national government, that has power to enact, amend, and repeal public policy. Laws enacted by legislatures are known as legislation. Legislatures observe and steer governing actions and usually have exclusive authority to amend the budget or budgets involved in the process. The most common names for national legislatures are "parliament" and "congress". The members of a legislature are called legislators.

Terminology[edit]

Because members of legislatures usually sit together in a specific room to deliberate, seats in that room may be assigned exclusively to members of the legislature. In parliamentary language, the term "seat" is sometimes used to mean that someone is a member of a legislature. For example, to say that a legislature has 100 "seats" means that there are 100 members of the legislature; and saying that someone is "contesting a seat" means they are trying to be elected as a member of the legislature. By extension, the term "seat" is often used in less formal contexts to refer to an electoral district itself, as, for example, in the phrases "safe seat" and "marginal seat".

In parliamentary systems of government, the executive is responsible to the legislature which may remove it with a vote of no confidence. According to the separation of powers doctrine, the legislature in a presidential system is considered an independent and coequal branch of government along with both the judiciary and the executive.[1]

Institutional framework[edit]

A legislature creates a complex interaction between individual members, political parties, committees, rules of parliamentary procedure, and informal norms.

Chambers[edit]

A legislature is composed of one or more deliberative assemblies that separately debate and vote upon bills. These assemblies are normally known as chambers or houses. A legislature with only one house is a unicameral legislature, while a bicameral legislature possesses two separate chambers, usually described as an "upper house" and a "lower house". These usually differ in the duties and powers they exercise – the upper house being more revisionary or advisory in parliamentary systems – and the methods used for the selection of members. Tricameral legislatures are rare; the Massachusetts Governor's Council still exists, but the most recent national example existed in the waning years of caucasian-minority rule in South Africa.

In presidential systems, the powers of the two houses are often similar or equal, while in federations, the upper house typically represents the federation's component states. This is a case with the supranational legislature of the European Union. The upper house may either contain the delegates of state governments – as in the European Union and in Germany and, before 1913, in the United States – or be elected according to a formula that grants equal representation to states with smaller populations, as is the case in Australia and the United States since 1913. In the United States the legislative branch is split into the Senate and the House of Representatives.

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Notes and references[edit]

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