State legislature (United States)

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A state legislature in the United States is the legislature of any of the 50 U.S. states.

What is in them[change | change source]

Every state legislature (except Nebraska's) is bicameral. This means that they have an upper house and a lower house. They are similar to the United States Congress in what they look like.

What they do[change | change source]

State legislatures do similar things as the U.S. Congress does, only for each state.

State legislatures have the power to ratify an amendment of the United States Constitution.

History[change | change source]

The first American legislature was created in 1619 by the Virginia House of Burgesses.[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. Hodson, Tim; Tucker, Harvey J.; Garrett, John; Vanlandingham, Gary R.; Mo, Stephen Davis; Nv, Kathy Fosnaugh; Mo, Jackie Hord; Va, Bruce Jamerson (2005). JUDGING LEGISLATURES (PDF). Journal of the American Society of Legislative Clerks and Secretaries.

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