Definition - What does Legislature mean?

A legislature is a group of people who are responsible for making or changing laws within a government structure. Legislative representatives are typically elected by the people whom they represent.

In the context of the law, only legislatures can put new laws into place. In the United States, the federal legislature is Congress.

Justipedia explains Legislature

On the federal level, Congress, the legislature, is one of three main branches of government. The other two are the judicial branch and the executive branch. Congress is made up of the House of Representatives and the Senate. All of the members of the Senate and the House of Representatives are elected by the people in the states that they represent. Congressmen and Senators have limited terms and must run for re-election periodically if they wish to remain in office.

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