If you need to know how your state legislature operates, the Legislative Branch Worksheet will help you keep track of legislative activity. It’s a handy tool that allows you to check your current standings in Congress, your state house and/or state senate and your local district.
Each state is run differently, so you may need to keep track of other factors such as the power structure in the legislature. What do I mean by power structure? It’s the actual way each body works, where it sits, what positions it has, how it rules and who runs it.
On your state legislators’ legislative work sheet, you’ll be able to check the difference between your state representatives and your state senators. All positions, all bills and resolutions are run through one chamber, while another has control over the other.
You can choose a checks box to indicate that you aren’t an official supporter of any particular bill. Checkboxes will allow you to create groups for specific people or ideas, for example, people with other political views, groups of business people, or businesses that share the same political ideals.
Our judiciary plays a vital role in our society. Our Courts System is different from all others, and a complete list of judicial officers for each state can be found on the state courts website. Look at the Judicial Officers Work Sheet to learn how to keep up with your state.
A variety of government offices are run through a state as well. You can find the requirements to run some government entities online as well, and you can ask your local agency to help you with this if you don’t already know the answers.
For example, a local town or city can run its police department, its fire department, and even its court system. Knowing how these systems operate and how they work will give you a better insight into how things are run in your community. Local governments may also conduct programs for their citizens, which may include special events, public awareness programs, health services and more.
What about your own districts? You can find the information you need on your district’s localities online, and you can even find out how to contact your state representative and your state senator.