legislative council

noun

often capitalized L&C
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 The leader would consult the cabinet before enacting any such law; the legislative council, known as the LegCo, would be able to amend or reject the law later. David Pierson, New York Times, 19 Mar. 2024 Britain’s policy shift created an opportunity for leaders like al-Husseini to push for a representative legislative council, or an Arab Agency, like the Jewish Agency, that would provide an independent institution for their nationalist ambitions. Emily Bazelon, New York Times, 1 Feb. 2024 And six members of the legislative council, the group of Alabama lawmakers that holds the power to stop the regulations from taking effect, received financial contributions from the state’s medical political action committee during the 2022 election cycle. Emily Baumgaertner Erin Schaff, New York Times, 30 Sep. 2023 Advertisement After the law was introduced, Tai, a legal scholar and activist who launched protests in 2014 that spiraled into a 79-day occupation of city streets, organized an unofficial primary election for activists and politicians to run in legislative council elections. Theodora Yu, Washington Post, 5 Feb. 2023 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 law written and imposed by Beijing in July 2020. NBC News, 28 Oct. 2021 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

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Word History

First Known Use

1787, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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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 21 Jun. 2024.

Legal Definition

legislative council

noun
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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