A legislature is a
deliberative assembly with the
authority to make
laws for a
political entity such as a
city. Legislatures form important parts of most
governments; in the
separation of powers model, they are often contrasted with the
judicial branches of government.
Laws enacted by legislatures are known as
legislation. Legislatures observe and steer governing actions and usually have exclusive authority to amend the
budget or budgets involved in the process.
The members of a legislature are called
legislators. In a
democracy, legislators are most commonly popularly
indirect election and appointment by the executive are also used, particularly for
bicameral legislatures featuring an
Names for national legislatures include "
diet", and "