Legislative Branch


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10th Amendment
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
the highest-ranking person who represents his or her own government while living in another country
to change some of the words and often the meaning of (a law, document, etc.)
Annual budget
Any budget that is prepared for a 12-month period. An annual budget outlines both the income and expenditures that are expected to be received and paid over the coming year
(of a legislative body) having two branches or chambers.
Biennial budget
is the practice of preparing and adopting budgets for two-year periods. Nine bills to convert to biennial budgeting have been introduced in the 100th Congress.
a draft of a proposed law presented to parliament for discussion.
Board of Supervisors
a county governing board in many states of the U.S. often having as many as 50 members elected proportionally from the county's cities, towns, townships, or wards
Cabinet officers
The Cabinet of the United States is composed of the most senior appointed officers of the executive branch of the federal government of the United States, who are generally the heads of the federal executive departments.
City Council
A city council, town council, town board or board of aldermen is the legislative body that governs a city, town, municipality or local government area.
a usually large room where members of a government group (such as a legislature) have meetings
(in a legislative assembly) a procedure for ending a debate and taking a vote. "a cloture motion"
a group of people appointed for a specific function, typically consisting of members of a larger group.
"the housing committee"
Conference Committee
A conference committee is a committee of the Congress appointed by the House of Representatives and Senate to resolve disagreements on a particular bill.
Conference report
In the United States Congress, a conference report refers to the final version of a bill that is negotiated between the House of Representatives and the Senate via conference committee. It is printed and submitted to each chamber for its consideration, such as approval or disapproval.
the national legislative body of a country; National level
being a voting member of a community or organization and having the power to appoint or elect.
"the constituent body has a right of veto"
a formal discussion on a particular topic in a public meeting or legislative assembly, in which opposing arguments are put forward.
having the power to put plans, actions, or laws into effect.
"an executive chairman"
Express powers
Those powers of Congress specifically listed in the Constitution.
Federal court
The Supreme Court has original and exclusive jurisdiction to hear disputes between different states -- meaning that no other federal court can hear such a dispute.
Federal judges
The primary function of the federal judges is to resolve matters brought before the United States federal courts. Most federal courts in the United States are courts of general jurisdiction, meaning that they hear both civil and criminal cases falling within their jurisdiction.
Federal law
Federal law is the body of law created by the federal government of a country. A federal government is formed when a group of political units, such as states or provinces join together in a federation, surrendering their individual sovereignty and many powers to the central government while retaining or reserving other limited powers. As a result, two or more levels of government exist within an established geographic territory. The body of law of the common central government is the federal law.
an action such as a prolonged speech that obstructs progress in a legislative assembly while not technically contravening the required procedures.
"it was defeated by a Senate filibuster in June"
General assembly
The General Assembly is the world's forum for discussing matters affecting world peace and security, and for making recommendations concerning them. It has no power to enforce decisions. It is composed of the 51 original member nations and those admitted since, totaling 192.
the elected executive head of a state of the US.
House of Delegates
the lower house of the state legislature in Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia
House of Representatives
House of Representatives definition. The lower house of the United States Congress. With 435 popularly elected officials, the House (as it is often called) is the most representative body in the federal government.
Implied powers
In the case of the United States government, implied powers are the powers exercised by Congress which are not explicitly given by the Constitution itself but necessary and proper to execute the powers which are.
Interest groups
An interest group is an organization of people with similar policy goals who enter the political process to try to achieve those aims. Interest groups pursue their goals in many arenas. Interest groups differ from political parties in that they do not run their own slate of candidates.
of, by, or appropriate to a court or judge.
"a judicial inquiry into the allegations"
the system of rules that a particular country or community recognizes as regulating the actions of its members and may enforce by the imposition of penalties.
Lawmaking process
One who makes or enacts laws; a legislator. Also called lawgiver.
Legislative branch
Parliamentary procedure is the body of rules, ethics, and customs governing meetings and other operations of clubs, organizations, legislative bodies, and other deliberative assemblies. ...
Local legislature
Special legislation is a legal term of art used in the United States which refers to acts of a state legislature which apply only to part of a class—a particular person, thing, or locale within a given class.
the greater number.
"in the majority of cases all will go smoothly"
National government
(politics) the politicians that make up the government that run the country as a whole (as opposed to local government)
a piece of legislation enacted by a municipal authority.
"a city ordinance banned smoking in nearly all types of restaurants"
use one's authority to reject or cancel (a decision, view, etc.).
"the legislature's insistence on overriding his budget vetoes"
Pocket veto
an indirect veto of a legislative bill by the president or a governor by retaining the bill unsigned until it is too late for it to be dealt with during the legislative session.
the elected head of a republican state.
the state or fact of having a duty to deal with something or of having control over someone.
any of various legislative or governing bodies, in particular.
Standing committee
a permanent committee that meets regularly.
State legislation
(State legislator) A state legislature is a legislative branch or body of a political subdivision in a federal system. ...
State legislature
Every state except Nebraska has a bicameral legislature, meaning that the legislature consists of two separate legislative chambers or houses. In each case the smaller chamber is called the Senate and is usually referred to as the upper house.
a formal written or spoken statement, esp. one given in a court of law.
U.S. Constitution
Constitution, United States definition. A document that embodies the fundamental laws and principles by which the United States is governed
a constitutional right to reject a decision or proposal made by a law-making body.
"the legislature would have a veto over appointments to key posts
Virginia Constitution
The Constitution of the Commonwealth of Virginia is the document that defines and limits the powers of the state government and the basic rights of the citizens of the U.S. Commonwealth of Virginia.