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State senate articles

  • If the article does not have external links to the senate's official website or to the Vote Smart entry, add those external links. Those links can be found here. Do some research to find additional valuable external links.
  • The section heading for the list of current members should be called "List of current senators" or "List of current members", so please change it if it says something else.
  • Compare the list of current senators to the list for that state senate on Vote Smart and update as needed.

Note: If you finish one of the above projects, please strike it out like this. (You would do that when all 50 articles have had the needed change made.)

State lower house articles

Go through each of Ballotpedia's 49 articles about state lower houses, which you can quickly find on Template:State legislatures. (Nebraska doesn't have a lower house.)

  • If the article does not have an introductory paragraph, add an introductory paragraph. California State Assembly has a good example of an introductory paragraph. Depending on where you find the information you use to create the introduction, remember to use citations and acknowledgements as appropriate. (completed for Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, New Hampshire and New Jersey)
  • If the article does not have external links to the chamber's official website or to its Vote Smart entry, add those external links. Do some research to find additional valuable external links. (completed for Georgia, New Hampshire and New Jersey)
  • If the article does not have a party balance section, add that section. (completed for Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, New Hampshire and New Jersey)</strole
  • <strike>The section heading for the list of current members should be called "List of current members", so please change it if it says something else. (completed for Georgia)
  • Compare the list of current members to the list for that state lower house available on its website or on the Vote Smart page and update as needed.
  • Compare the list of current members on the article about the lower house to the list of members in the and resolve any discrepancies.

Note: If you finish one of the above projects, please strike it out like this. (You would do that when all 49 articles have had the needed change made.)

Category hierarchy

See also: Help:Categories

In order to accurately categorize these topics, users should follow a pre-set category hierarchy. This will bring about a situation where each article is in its appropriate category, and the category that it is in is also in appropriate parent categories. A category is placed into a parent category by editing the article that is the category page. Click the edit tab and then type a category. That will be the category's parent category.

For example, a profile on a state senator from California should be categorized as follows:

  • [[Category:California State Senate]]

That category should then be placed in two parent categories:

  • [[Category:California]]
  • [[Category:State senates]]

A profile on a state assemblyman from the California State Assembly should be categorized as follows:

  • [[Category:California State Assembly]]

That category should then be placed in two parent categories:

  • [[Category:California]]
  • [[Category:State houses]]

Why?

  • The reason to use "State upper houses" and "state lower houses" as the parent categories for the state senates and state assemblies is because naming is not consistent from state to state.

Also if you are creating a starter class article make sure to include these categories.

  • [[Category:Starter class Washington House of Representatives]]
  • Parent category:[[Category:Washington House of Representatives]]

Note: The job of putting a category into a parent category only has to be done once. If someone has already put a particular category into a parent category, you don't need to do it again.

Templates

On the main legislature page make sure you include the state legislature template by typing {{State legislatures}} at the bottom of the article.

In order to include the state senate or house template all you have to type in is {{STATE Senators}} or {{STATE House of Representatives}}

You can find a listing of these templates:

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