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Sources of Law and Types of Authority: Legislature

Legislative Branch

  • Usually Proactive (originates Legislation)
  • Two Elected Houses
    • One Population-Based (House)
    • One Georgraphically-Based (Senate
    • Few Exceptions at the State Level
      • Nebraska, e.g. has a Unicameral
  • Proposes, Debates and Rejects/Enacts Legislation
  • Legal Documents they generate are called STATUTES

A Bill in the House

Bill First Page


  • Introduced in Senate or House
  • Must be passed by both Chambers
  • Presented to President for his SIgnature