A legislature is a kind of deliberative assembly with the power to pass, amend, and repeal laws. The law created by a legislature is called legislation or statutory law. In addition to enacting laws, legislatures usually have exclusive authority to raise or lower taxes and adopt the budget and other money bills.
Disclosing elected officials on government websites
Websites sponsored by the government should include information about who serves as members of the state House and Senate.
The website should include:
- The names of all elected officials and their biographies.
- Contact information for all elected officials. Contact information should include a physical address, a telephone number and an e-mail address.
- The website should include information about terms of office and date of next election.
- If the elected official was elected in a partisan election, the website should indicate the party affiliation of each elected politician on its governing board.
- Any financial disclosures and conflict-of-interest statements (if required by the government entity) should be posted online.
- Committee appointments
- Voting record
- Salaries and Pension information
- Legislation (searchable, posted 5 days before being passed)
- "Debate #3 Glossary". Hansard Society. November 2003. http://www.headsup.org.uk/content/default.asp?page=s41_5. Retrieved on 2008-10-16.