Arizona Secretary of State - Ken Bennett


 
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Legislative Council

History

Duties

The Legislative Council is a statutory committee of the Legislature chaired in alternate years by the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives and includes six additional members from each chamber. The Council staff provide a variety of nonpartisan bill drafting, research, computer and other administrative services to all of the members of both houses of the Legislature.

Under the direction of an Executive Director appointed by the Council, the staff of the Council:

  • Prepare all bills, memorials and resolutions and numerous amendments for consideration during each legislative session.
  • Review every law passed by the Legislature, make clerical corrections and draft explanatory notes where appropriate before delivering the office a version of the laws for publication.
  • Perform legal and other research at the request of legislators.
  • Publish annual editions of the following reports: Arizona Legislative Bill Drafting Manual, the Annual Report on Defects in the Arizona Revised Statutes and State Constitution and the Digest of Laws.
  • Perform the enrolling and engrossing bills, memorials and resolutions.
  • Provide computer support for the House of Representatives, the Senate and the Joint Legislative Budget Committee.
  • Maintain an Internet site for the Legislature. The site provides a variety of detailed information regarding the content and status of bills and the activities of legislative committees.
  • Provide management and other support services for various legislative buildings and properties.