legislative council


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web And this week, Wisconsin GOP state Rep. Timothy Ramthun moved to advance a resolution to decertify Biden's victory -- despite an analysis by lawyers on the state's non-partisan legislative council, noting that there is no mechanism in state or federal law to do so. Fredreka Schouten, CNN, 19 Nov. 2021 The city’s legislative council — in which there are no opposing forces — amended the Film Censorship Bill by a show of hands to give movie censors the task of vetting content for violations of a draconian national security written and imposed by Beijing last summer. Rebecca Davis, Variety, 27 Oct. 2021 The legislative council canceled its weekly meeting so lawmakers could quarantine and meet strict coronavirus restrictions for the ceremonies. Christian Shepherd, Washington Post, 30 June 2022 The stakeholders behind two rising sports in Texas — esports and drone competitions — made their pitch to become UIL sanctioned activities at the association’s legislative council meeting on Sunday. Dallas News, 16 Oct. 2022 National-security police rounded up almost all of Hong Kong’s opposition politicians who had sought to run for the city’s legislative council elections in 2020. Selina Cheng, WSJ, 6 Feb. 2023 Change made to baseball postseason: The legislative council approved an amendment to the 5A and 6A baseball postseason structure, where best-of-three series will now be required for all playoff rounds leading up to the state tournament. Dallas News, 17 Oct. 2022 Cook couldn't attend a request to testify before the legislative council regarding Parks' death because of a graduation ceremony in Northwest Arkansas, documents show. Teresa Moss, Arkansas Online, 2 Aug. 2022 In February 2019, Hong Kong’s Security Bureau, which Lee was by then leading, delivered a paper to the legislative council’s security panel outlining why changes were necessary to the city’s extradition policies. Timothy Mclaughlin, The Atlantic, 25 May 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1787, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of legislative council was in 1787

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“Legislative council.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/legislative%20council. Accessed 9 Jun. 2023.

Legal Definition

legislative council

often capitalized L&C
: 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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