The Legislative Branch of Government is the law making branch that affects how cities and counties operate. Composed of 2 houses:

  • The Senate - with 40 members each elected to a 4 year term.
  • The House of Representatives - with 120 members each elected every 2 years.

The districts for both the Senate and the House of Representatives are based on population of residents and the areas are reappointed every 10 years to assure each Senate District and House District represents approximately the same number of residents.

The Legislature meets each year for a regular 60-day session that may be extended if necessary or may meet for a special session. In order for a new law to be passed, a bill must pass both houses and not be vetoed by the governor.