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LEGISLATIVE BRANCH. Official Name: General assembly responsible for creating the laws of Georgia. THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY Georgia’s Legislative Branch. BICAMERAL BODY (MADE UP OF TWO HOUSES) UPPER HOUSE SENATE LOWER HOUSE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

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Legislative branch

LEGISLATIVE BRANCH

Official Name:

General assembly

responsible for creating the laws of Georgia


The general assembly georgia s legislative branch

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLYGeorgia’s Legislative Branch

BICAMERAL BODY (MADE UP OF TWO HOUSES)

  • UPPER HOUSE

    • SENATE

  • LOWER HOUSE

    • HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

  • Members are elected for two-year terms with no limit on the number of terms they can serve

  • Members are elected by voters in either a House District or Senate District


Senate

SENATE

  • 56 MEMBERS

  • Qualifications for Senate

    • Must be at least 25 years of age

    • Must be a U.S. citizen

    • Must be a citizen of Georgia for at least two years prior to election

    • Must be legal resident of the Senate District from which they are being elected for at least one year prior to election

  • You live in the 4th Senate District and are represented by Senator Jack Hill


House of representatives

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

  • 180 MEMBERS

  • Qualifications for House of Representatives

    • Must be at least 21 years of age

    • Must be a U.S. citizen

    • Must be a Georgia citizen for at least two years prior to election

    • Must be a legal resident of the House District from which they are elected for at least one year prior to election

  • You live in the 147th House District and are represented by Representative Ann Purcell


General assembly what does it do

General AssemblyWhat Does It Do?

Makes laws for the citizens of Georgia

Meets for 40-day business session beginning the second Monday in January each year


General assembly how do they do it

General AssemblyHow Do They Do It?

Each branch meets separately to conduct business

House of Representatives is presided over by the Speaker of the House, who is chosen by the House members (David Ralston)

Senate is presided over by the Lt. Governor of Georgia (Casey Cagle)


General assembly how do they do it1

General AssemblyHow Do They Do It?

Speaker of House and Senate Leader (Lt. Governor) preside over proceedings

Appoint members to committees and choose committee chairpersons

Assign bills to committees

Lead full-floor debate of bills


General assembly how do they do it2

General AssemblyHow Do They Do It?

Committees

Review bills

Hold hearings

Decide if bills should go to floor for debate or “heldin committee”


General assembly how do they do it3

General AssemblyHow Do They Do It?

House and Senate Members

Represent constituents

Propose bills

Take part in floor debates

Vote on bills


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