How the legislature is organized is very important to the actual processes of making laws. Seniority is not important at the state level, but the division of power between majority and minority parties is. The speaker of the House is the presiding officer, and is chosen by vote of the whole House. In reality, it is the m...
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...n is a joint memorial, which is an official statement of the state’s position on a matter not in its jurisdiction, or a request for action to an agency or official of the federal government. The final action is the simple memorial, which is an expression of the position of one house. There are also duties that the legislature has besides passing laws. They are able to create and fund government offices, approve appointments of governor, and to remove someone from office by impeachment. This gives them an advantage on the other branches because, in a system of checks and balances, they have more ability to check. This, along with the ability to appropriate and tax, makes them the most powerful branch of the Arizona state government.
Gawronski, D. (2002). An introduction to Arizona history and government. Boston, MA: Pearson Custom Publishing.
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