legislative council

noun, often capitalized L&C

Definition of legislative council

1 : a permanent committee chosen from both houses that meets between sessions of a state legislature to study state problems and plan a legislative program
2 : a unicameral legislature (as in a British colony)
3 : the upper house of a British bicameral legislature

Examples of legislative council in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Indonesians went to the polls in April to vote for president, members of the House of Representatives and Senate, and provincial and regional legislative councils. Niniek Karmini, San Diego Union-Tribune, "New Parliament elects Indonesia’s first female House speaker," 1 Oct. 2019 On Monday, a court ruled that 22-year-old Agnes Chow had been illegally barred from running for a seat on the city's legislative council last year. James Griffiths And Eric Cheung, CNN, "Hong Kong court overturns ban on pro-democracy candidate Agnes Chow," 2 Sep. 2019 On June 12, people said riot police used excessive force on protesters occupying streets to prevent the legislative council from rushing through the extradition bill that sparked this summer’s ongoing protests. Ilaria Maria Sala, Quartz, "Hong Kong is having flashbacks to the bad old days of police corruption and mafia ties," 1 Sep. 2019 Hong Kong’s legislative council vetoed China’s proposal in June 2015. Tripti Lahiri, Quartz, "Hong Kong is burning, five years to the day after Beijing dashed its hopes of democracy," 31 Aug. 2019 Greg Sobetski, a staff forecaster with the legislative council, told a committee of lawmakers and criminal justice experts Monday at a meeting to discuss prison population. Elise Schmelzer, The Denver Post, "Colorado’s prison population was slated to set a record high. Now forecasters say that may not happen.," 23 July 2019 Bosma committed this week to allow the legislative council — composed of leading lawmakers from both chambers — to review the consultant’s recommendations. Tony Cook, Indianapolis Star, "'There's something wrong': Lawmakers express concern over number of kids in DCS system," 7 Jan. 2018 Lacey had been on the council for 18 years, since the town changed its charter to establish a mayoral form of government with an 11-member legislative council. Johanna Seltz, BostonGlobe.com, "Weymouth councilor resigns after 18 years," 2 July 2018 The disqualifications killed the pro-democracy lawmakers’ veto powers in the legislative council. Austin Ramzy, New York Times, "Hong Kong Court Throws Out Protest Leaders’ Prison Sentences," 6 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of legislative council

1787, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Legislative council.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/legislative%20council. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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legislative council

noun, often capitalized L&C

Legal Definition of legislative council

: a permanent committee chosen from both houses that meets between sessions of a state legislature to study problems and plan a legislative program

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