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

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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 On Tuesday, the House education committee added language to a bill that would require the Secured School Safety Board to review current school safety issues, report back to the legislative council and make recommendations for improvements. Arika Herron, Indianapolis Star, "Gov. Holcomb plans to make safety recommendations for Indiana schools," 1 Mar. 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

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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