The states of the United States have individual and unique governments with many similarities. All states are required by the constitution to have republican governments. Despite their similarities, all states have different government structures and procedures.

 

Each state in the United States has a legislative branch as part of its civil government. The constitutions of each state provide the fundamental details of the legislature. Forty-nine state legislatures are bicameral bodies; i.e., having two bodies or chambers. These legislatures are composed of a lower house (Assembly, General Assembly, State Assembly, House of Delegates or House of Representatives) and an upper house (Senate). Nebraska is the only state with a unicameral body.

 

Specific details on each state’s legislative process, proposed bills and laws can be accessed via their individual web sites. A listing of the individual state’s websites is provided by clicking/selecting State Legislatures.

Alabama AL http://www.legislature.state.al.us

 

Alaska AK http://w3.legis.state.ak.us

 

Arizona AZ http://www.azleg.state.az.us

 

Arkansas AR http://arkleg.state.ar.us

 

California CA http://www.legislature.ca.gov

 

Colorado CO http://www.leg.state.co.us

 

Connecticut CT http://cga.ct.gov

 

Delaware DE http://www.legis.state.de.us

 

Florida FL http://www.leg.state.fl.us

 

Georgia GA http://www.legis.state.ga.us

 

Hawaii HI http://www.capital.hawaii.gov

 

Idaho ID http://www.legislature.idaho.gov

 

Illinois IL http://www.il.ga.gov

 

Indiana IN http://www.state.in.us/legislative

 

Iowa IA http://www.legis.state.ia.us

 

Kansas KS http://www.kslegislature.org

 

Kentucky KY http://www.lrc.state.ky.us

 

Louisiana LA http://www.legis.state.la.us

 

Maine ME http://www.janus.state.me.us/legis

 

Maryland MD http://www.mlis.state.md.us

 

Massachusetts MA http://www.mass.gov/legis

 

Michigan MI http://www.legislature.mi.gov

 

Minnesota MN http://www.leg.state.mn.us

 

Mississippi MS http://www.ls.state.ms.us

 

Missouri MO http://www.moga.state.mo.us

 

Montana MT http://www.leg.state.mt.us

 

Nebraska NE http://www.leg.ne.gov

 

Nevada NV http://www.leg.state.nv.us

 

New Hampshire NH http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us

 

New Jersey NJ http://www.njleg.state.nj.us

 

New Mexico NM http://www.legis.state.nm.us

 

New York NY State Assembly http://www.assembly.state.ny.us

State Senate http://www.senate.state.ny.us

 

North Carolina NC http://www.ncleg.net

 

North Dakota ND http://www.legis.nd.gov

 

Ohio OH http://www.legislature.state.oh.us

 

Oklahoma OK http://www.lsb.state.ok.us

 

Oregon OR http://www.leg.state.or.us

 

Pennsylvania PA http://www.legis.state.pa.us

 

Puerto Rico PR State Senate http://www.senadopr.us

 

Rhode Island RI http://www.rilin.state.ri.us

 

South Carolina SC http://www.scstatehouse.net

 

South Dakota SD http://www.legis.state.sd.us

 

Tennessee TN http://www.legislature.state.tn.us

 

Texas TX http://www.capitol.state.tx.us

 

Utah UT http://www.le.state.ut.us

 

Vermont VT http://www.leg.state.vt.us

 

Virginia VA http://www.legis,state.va.us

 

Washington WA http://www.leg.wa.gov

 

West Virginia WV http://www.legis.state.wv.us

 

Wisconsin WI http://www.legis.state.wi.us

 

Wyoming WY http://www.legisweb.state.wy.us