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General Assembly, Indiana

Collected by: Indiana State Library

Archived since: Aug, 2020

Description:

As one of three co-equal branches of state government, the General Assembly is responsible for enacting the laws by which the state of Indiana is governed. The two houses of the General Assembly (House and Senate) were created at the time Indiana became a state in 1816. The current makeup of the General Assembly, consisting of 100 Representatives serving 2-year terms and 50 Senators serving 4-year terms, was established in the Constitution of 1851. The General Assembly met in alternate years until 1972, when it began meeting annually.

Subject:   Government - US States State governments Legislation,  Legislators

Lieutenant Governor, Indiana

Collected by: Indiana State Library

Archived since: Aug, 2020

Description:

This page is maintained and dedicated to the acting Lieutenant Governor of Indiana. The office of lieutenant Governor was created by Article 5, Sec. 2 of the Indiana Constitution. The term of office is four years, the same as that of the governor. Candidates for lieutenant governor are nominated at an annual party convention. The party's nominees for governor and lieutenant governor then run as a team, ensuring that those elected will be of the same political party and governing philosophy. Under the Indiana Constitution, the lieutenant governor is charged with presiding over the Senate during its session, as well as casting deciding votes in the event of a tie. In addition, the lieutenant governor is charged with assuming the role of governor if the sitting governor becomes unable to fulfill the duties of office or if the office falls vacant due to death.

Subject:   Government - US States Politics & Elections Government policy,  Legislators ,  Tourist trade Agriculture Housing Rural development

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