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So . . . What Does A State Representative Do?

One of the most important duties of any State Representative is to introduce and vote on bills that can become laws, or modify and update old laws. At the start of each two-year session in January, Members tackle important community concerns such as education, transportation, commerce, or state taxes by seeking to be placed on two to three committees dedicated to such issues. They can also vote on changes to the Constitution when necessary, or assist constituents with personal legal issues like immigration or justice problems.

Legislation then passes through these committees where a bill can be amended, changed, or killed. Once passed by the General Assembly, bills are either signed into law or vetoed by the governor.

The Assembly also sets the state's annual operating budget and addresses state priorities from agricultural development to tax policy.



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