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The state legislature passed a law to increase the minimum wage, but the governor vetoed it while claiming it would reduce the number of entry-level jobs for young people.
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In the United States, our legislature is also called the Congress. It consists of two bodies — the Senate and the House of Representatives. State-level legislatures are typically called the Senate and Assembly. City-level legislatures are typically called city councils and seldom referred to as a legislature. In many countries, the legislature is called the Parliament.
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  • The state legislature passed a law to increase the minimum wage, but the governor vetoed it while claiming it would reduce the number of entry-level jobs for young people.
  • She is running for the state legislature.
  • No man’s life, liberty or property are safe while the legislature is in session.
    Judge Gideon J. Tucker
  • He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
    Thomas Jefferson et al.  --  The Declaration of Independence

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  • The Alabama Legislature was in session in Montgomery at this time.
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • Must the citizen even for a moment, or in the least degree, resign his conscience to the legislator?
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Resistance to Civil Government
  • Atticus met her when he was first elected to the state legislature.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Furthermore, I couldn’t help noticing that my father had served for years in the state legislature, elected each time without opposition,
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • ...if I didn’t [defend him] I couldn’t hold up my head in town, I couldn’t represent this county in the legislature, I couldn’t even tell you or Jem not to do something again.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Her father, after making his initial campaign, served in the state legislature for as long as he wished, without opposition.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman

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  • A few months ago we all met Olivia Santos, a very courageous and visionary legislator who is bringing transparency to a new—and I daresay ultimate—level.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • The federal laws have been widely duplicated by state legislatures.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • We were denied funding from the state legislature, which we needed to get federal matching dollars.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • She’d insinuated—true or not—that she knew people in the state legislature and ensured that Gabby was given a gracious private room that overlooked a courtyard.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • Northeast is a bone tossed by the Tennessee legislature fifteen years ago to a rural county that found itself on the brink of economic ruin.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • But the test was not actually so easy as I thought it would be, with a lot more questions about arcane matters of New York State government than I’d anticipated (how many months of the year was the legislature in Albany in session?
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • He is pushed into a meeting of the legislature.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • An’ the fellas that bribed congressmen 4 and the legislatures never went to jail neither.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • He was a soldier, legislator, judge; he was a ruler in the Church; he had all the Puritanic traits, both good and evil.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • There were other wards in which the Democratic vote had been actually surpassed, and in two districts, members of the state legislature had been elected.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • Some Fridays he got off early from his job, working security at the state legislature.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Burned
  • Several ran for public office, and there were two superior court justices, one municipal court judge, two members of the California state legislature, and one prominent state official.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • He knew that it was necessary to have a man to protect him from the legislature; all industrialists had to employ such men.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Them legislatures might just as well have hollered ’Hurray for Jeff Davis and the Southern Confederacy’ for all the good it’ll do them— and us.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • And that these two bodies made up the most august assembly in Europe; to whom, in conjunction with the prince, the whole legislature is committed.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • What a situation, now, for a patriotic senator, that had been all the week before spurring up the legislature of his native state to pass more stringent resolutions against escaping fugitives, their harborers and abettors!
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • His dialogues Timaeus and Critias were drafted with the poet and legislator Solon as their inspiration, as it were.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • A group of businessmen from the chamber of commerce had tried to persuade Arthur to run for the Washington state legislature.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • Grimmer had to run an understaffed and underfunded institution and try to keep the whole thing together with spit, baling wire, and nickle-and-dime appropriations from a state legislature who had to go back and face the voters.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • This tendency to make laws that are convenient or advantageous rattier than right has mushroomed in Southern legislatures.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • If the legislature regards it, it is chiefly to regulate the number of hooks to be used there; but they know nothing about the hook of hooks with which to angle for the pond itself, impaling the legislature for a bait.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • Who can say that the legislature of Alabama which set up that state’s segregation laws was democratically elected?
    Martin Luther King, Jr.  --  Letter from a Birmingham Jail
  • He would start in the state legislature, and in a few years be ready to run for Congress.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • Then you can have a father in the state legislature and a sister who’s engaged to a champion skier.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Later, he had engaged in politics, and served a part of two terms in Congress, besides making a considerable figure in both branches of the State legislature.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • As Sir Pitt and Mr. Wenham were walking down to the House of Commons, the latter spied Mrs. Rawdon in a black veil, and lurking near the palace of the legislature.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • The legislature had previously prohibited the school from refusing entry to any student over twenty-one whether he had a high-school diploma or not.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • The English-Only movement continued the old censorship we had felt on the school playgrounds, but now the game had moved into the state legislatures.
    Rudolfo Anaya  --  Take the Tortillas out of Your Poetry
  • His name was Joe Welling, and his father had been a man of some dignity in the community, a lawyer, and a member of the state legislature at Columbus.
    Sherwood Anderson  --  Winesburg, Ohio
  • You can find them in churches and schools and newspapers and legislatures and congress.
    Dalton Trumbo  --  Johnny Got His Gun
  • In the course of their conversation they fell to discussing what they call State-craft and systems of government, correcting this abuse and condemning that, reforming one practice and abolishing another, each of the three setting up for a new legislator, a modern Lycurgus, or a brand-new Solon; and so completely did they remodel the State, that they seemed to have thrust it into a furnace and taken out something quite different from what they had put in; and on all the subjects they…
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • After the Georgia legislature declared a prohibition against alcoholic beverages in 1907, Papa quit making or drinking beer — he believed in being law-abiding — and the churches started using fruit nectars instead of wine.
    Olive Ann Burns  --  Cold Sassy Tree
  • And he told them all about his several dignities, and how he had held this and that and the other place of honor or profit, and had once been to the legislature, and was now president of the Society of Freethinkers.
    Mark Twain  --  Pudd’nhead Wilson
  • Elections to regional legislatures would take place at the same time as national elections, and the regional bodies could draw up their own constitutions consistent with the national constitution.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • The clerk became the legislator, and those very peremptorily gave laws whose business it was, at first, only to transcribe them.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • They cannot be laughed away, nor always successfully stormed at, nor easily abolished by act of legislature.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • The poorest paid architect, engineer, general, author, sculptor, painter, lecturer, advocate, legislator, actor, preacher, singer is constructively in heaven when he is at work; and as for the musician with the fiddle-bow in his hand who sits in the midst of a great orchestra with the ebbing and flowing tides of divine sound washing over him—why, certainly, he is at work, if you wish to call it that, but lord, it’s a sarcasm just the same.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • Now, show me the distinction between such pilfering as this, and picking a man’s pocket in the street: unless, indeed, it be, that the legislature has a regard for pocket-handkerchiefs, and leaves men’s brains, except when they are knocked out by violence, to take care of themselves.’
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • Listen to some of these kickers, a fellow’d think that the farmers ought to run the state and the whole shooting-match—probably if they had their way they’d fill up the legislature with a lot of farmers in manure-covered boots—yes, and they’d come tell me I was hired on a salary now, and couldn’t fix my fees!
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • I was told that The Ten has a powerful lobby in the state legislature, that they are influential in contributing money to any political candidate deemed favorable to the Institute’s interests, and that they watch individual members of the Corps carefully to make sure that no one graduates who is unworthy to wear the ring.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
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