a deliberative body of persons, usually elective, who are empowered to make, change, or repeal the laws of a country or state; the branch of government having the power to make laws, as distinguished from the executive and judicial branches of government.
- sub·leg·is·la·ture, noun
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How to use legislature in a sentence
Tech lawyers and digital data and privacy pros are watching closely as privacy bills move through state legislatures.Media Briefing: Facebook pivots away from politics –publishers say ‘we’re just along for the ride’ | Tim Peterson | February 11, 2021 | Digiday
She said a similar bill passed the House last year before the legislature abruptly adjourned its session due to the coronavirus.Maryland moves toward clear plan for paying people who were wrongly convicted | Ovetta Wiggins | February 10, 2021 | Washington Post
Two bills before the legislature would make such records available.The first state to pass a law protecting police accused of misconduct may also be the first to repeal it. | Ovetta Wiggins | February 9, 2021 | Washington Post
Duncan said the figure would become public record once the council submitted it to the legislature.“We Have Counties in Deep Trouble”: Oregon Lawmakers Seek to Reverse Timber Tax Cuts That Cost Communities Billions | by Rob Davis, The Oregonian/OregonLive, and Tony Schick, Oregon Public Broadcasting | February 5, 2021 | ProPublica
The part-time legislature meets for 60 days during even-numbered years.Virginia General Assembly poised for historic votes to legalize marijuana and end death penalty | Gregory S. Schneider, Laura Vozzella | February 4, 2021 | Washington Post
At the time (and until 1913), U.S. senators were not popularly elected but were selected by the state legislature.The Black Man Who Replaced Jefferson Davis in the Senate | Philip Dray | January 7, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Two years ago in Michigan, she oversaw AFP operations to help the Republican-controlled legislature pass sweeping anti-union laws.The Next Phase of the Koch Brothers’ War on Unions | Carl Deal and Tia Lessin | December 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I think he would have been happy with a Democratic legislature.Could This Be the First Pro-Choice Republican on a National Ticket? | David Freedlander | November 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The politics look potentially most amenable in Pennsylvania, and even there a GOP legislature has to go along.
Nearly 900,000 with subsidized insurance, but a GOP governor and very GOP legislature.
He held various civil offices, was a justice of the peace about 60 years, and for many years a member of the state legislature.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology | Joel Munsell
Statute law or statutes mean the laws enacted by the state legislature and by the federal congress.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman | Albert Sidney Bolles
The Imperial Parliament will never concede that right, nor will any legislature similarly constituted.Glances at Europe | Horace Greeley
This higher authority, which no legislature could "overleap without destroying its own foundation," was the British Constitution.The Eve of the Revolution | Carl Becker
More recently general statutes have been enacted whereby individuals may form such corporations without the aid of a legislature.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman | Albert Sidney Bolles
British Dictionary definitions for legislature
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