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legislative branch

passes laws; bicameral, hold annual sessions, conduct business through committees; most people in this branch work part-time in other fields

executive branch

lead by the governor


generally must be nominated by a major political party & win the genral election; serve 4 yr terms; proposes & signs laws; Commander in Cheif of the state National Guard


supervise the executive branch of the state government, propose legislation, veto bills, call special sessions of the state legislature, have limited power over the state court system

lieutenant governor

Ken Ard

speaker of the house

Bobby Harrell

judicial branch

made up of different state courts

state courts

interpret & apply state & local laws to civil & criminal cases

justice court

performs marriages

municipal, police, or magistate courts

handle cases of petty crime or property disputes

minor courts

small claims court, juvenile court, domestic relations court, traffic court, probate court

state supreme court

court of final appeal

state treasurer

Curts Loftis

attorney general

Alan Wilson

secretary of state/clerk of court

Mark Hammond

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