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8th SS Unit 4

State and Local Government Vocab

TermDefinition
Bicameral having two branches, chambers, or houses, as a legislative body.
legislative branch the branch of government having the power to make laws; the legislature.
executive branch the branch of government charged with the execution and enforcement of laws and policies and the administration of public affairs; the executive.
judicial branch the branch of government charged with the interpretation of laws and the administration of justice; the judiciary.
federalism Federalism is a system based upon democratic rules and institutions in which the power to govern is shared between national and provincial/state governments
General Assembly the legislature in Virginia government
governor A governor is, in most cases, a public official with the power to govern the executive branch of a the state government.
city council A city council is the legislative body that governs a city, town, municipality or local government area.
charter a written grant by a country's legislative or sovereign power, by which an institution such as a company, college, or city is created and its rights and privileges defined.
ordinance a piece of legislation enacted by a municipal authority.
manager an appointed official who directs the administration of a city.
Created by: sarah.garrity