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Glossary

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Act
A bill passed by the legislature.
Adopt
To vote to accept.
Amendment
A proposal to change the original terms of a bill.
Bicameral
Consisting of two houses. All states have bicameral legislatures except Nebraska, which only has one house (unicameral).
Bill
A draft of a proposed law.
Budget
A bill that states how much money will be spent on government programs and services.
Calendar
A list of bills awaiting legislative action.
Caucus
A meeting of members of a political party where party leaders may be elected and plans are made concerning issues and agendas.
Chair
A legislator who presides over a committee meeting or a session.
Chamber
Also known as the "floor," it is the room in which the Senate or the House of Representatives meets.
Clerk of the House of Representatives
The person appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives to assist the members of the House in the detailed processes of enacting laws and recording that history.
Committee
A group of Senators or Representatives appointed by the presiding officer to consider important issues and to report its recommendations for action by the body that originated it.
Constituent
A citizen who resides in the district of a legislator.

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