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The Oregon Legislative Assembly is the legislature for the U.S. state of Oregon. The Legislative Assembly is bicameral, meaning that it has two chambers: the Senate, whose 30 members are elected to serve four-year terms; and the House of Representatives, which has 60 members elected for two-year terms. A legislature is a governmental deliberative assembly with the power to adopt laws. ... A state of the United States (a U.S. state) is any one of the fifty states (four of which officially favor the term commonwealth) which, along with the District of Columbia, form the United States of America. ... Official language(s) None Capital Largest city Salem Portland Area  Ranked 9th  - Total 98,466 sq. ... In government, bicameralism is the practice of having two legislative or parliamentary chambers. ...


Each Senate district is composed of exactly two House districts: Senate District 1 contains House Districts 1 and 2, SD 2 contains HD 3 and HD 4, and so on. Maps of Senate districts can be found at Oregon election, 2006. Oregons 2006 statewide election will fill postions for Governor, Supreme Court Position 6, Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor and Industries, Superintendent of Public Instruction, and numerous seats in the state House, Senate, and Circuit Courts. ...


The legislature is a citizens' assembly (meaning that most legislators have other jobs). It convenes every two years in regular session on the second Monday in January during odd-numbered years. The Oregon Constitution does not limit the length of regular sessions; the first 35 regular sessions (i.e. until 1929) lasted 50 days or less. Since 1949 no session has been shorter than 100 days. The longest session was the 72nd regular session, at 227 days, ending August 27, 2003. Most recent sessions have ended in June or July. The Oregon Constitution is a U.S. state constitution, the governing document of the American state of Oregon. ...


The governor can call the assembly into special sessions as required. In 1982 a special session lasted 37 days, and the governor called the assembly into special session five times in 2002, for a total of 52 days. The 2006 special session was the shortest in Oregon's history: five pieces of legislation were passed in six hours. The Governor of Oregon is the top executive of the government of the U.S. state of Oregon. ...


When the legislature is not in session, legislators serve on interim committees and task forces that study issues likely to be faced during the next regular session.


External links

  • Official website — A note: At the website the body is referred to as the "Oregon State Legislature", however it is constitutionally named the "Legislative Assembly".
  • Legislative Assembly home page from the Oregon Blue Book website
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Oregon Legislative Assembly - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (357 words)
The Oregon Legislative Assembly is the legislature for the U.S. state of Oregon.
The Legislative Assembly is bicameral, meaning that it has two chambers: the Senate, whose 30 members are elected to serve four-year terms; and the House of Representatives, which has 60 members elected for two-year terms.
When the legislature is not in session, legislators serve on interim committees and task forces that study issues likely to be faced during the next regular session.
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