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The Florida Legislature is responsible for passing, repealing, and modifying legislation within the state of Florida. The Florida Legislature, like the vast majority of most state legislatures and the legislature of the United States itself, is a bicameral body, with an upper and a lower house. The upper house of the Florida Legislature is the Florida Senate, and the lower house of the Florida Legislature is the Florida House of Representatives.

The upper house of the Florida Legislature contains 40 members, while the lower house of the Florida Legislature contains 120 members. Members of either house of the Florida Legislature can only hold 8 years in office, maximum, although in the Florida Senate this is equal to two four year terms, while in the Florida House of Representatives it is equal to four two-year terms.

Representatives to the lower house of the Florida Legislature are each elected from a single district, which means that no two representatives will come from the same one of the 120 different districts throughout Florida. Similarly, there are 40 districts for the Florida Senate elections, and only one representative is elected from each district per year. The Florida Legislature meets in the Florida State Capitol, located in Tallahassee. 

The Florida Legislature is known to have had 2,138 bills submitted within both houses, together, in the year of 2009. Of these 2,138 submitted bills, only about 300 were passed. 300 is about the average number of bills which are passed from the Florida Legislature in any given year, as well. Contact Florida lawyers for legal advice and assistance.


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