Definition of legislature
: a body of persons having the power to legislate; specifically : an organized body having the authority to make laws for a political unit
Examples of legislature in a Sentence
Our legislature passed a law requiring people to wear safety belts.
Each state has its own legislature.
Recent Examples of legislature from the Web
The legislature’s interpretation of the law has been questioned by critics but never directly addressed by a Missouri court.
A bill in the state Legislature calling for California to derive 100 percent of its electricity from renewable energy sources by 2045 has cleared a number of legislative hurdles in Sacramento and may end up on Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk.
A bill wading its way through the state legislature would prohibit counties from charging parents for their children’s incarceration.
Republican Governor Gary Herbert and the Utah legislature have asked the Trump administration to rescind the designation of Bears Ears as a national monument.
Before becoming a utility regulator, DelGobbo served for 10 years as the ranking House Republican on the legislature's energy committee, including during the early days of electric deregulation in the 1990s.
Thanks to the leadership of Governor Hutchinson, the legislature convened for a special session in May and passed legislation that authorizes the state to seek work requirements for certain Medicaid-expansion enrollees.
A graduate of Noblesville High School and Harvard Law School, Kenley operated and sold a family grocery chain and served as a Noblesville city court judge before joining the legislature in 1992.
But thanks to the New York legislature, the $7 million project (over $140 billion today) was funded—and was repaid within a decade by tolls.
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Definition of legislature for English Language Learners
: a group of people with the power to make or change laws
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Definition of legislature for Students
: a body of persons having the power to make and change laws
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