Frequently Asked Questions

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WHAT IS THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY?

The General Assembly is the legislative branch of state of Indiana.

Indiana’s constitution divides the state’s governmental powers into three branches:  the legislative, the executive and the judicial.

HOW IS THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY ORGANIZED?

The General Assembly is divided into two houses:  the House of Representatives and the Senate.  Both houses have equal powers.

All bills with the purpose of raising revenue must originate from the House of Representatives.

HOW MANY LEGISLATORS ARE THERE?

The Senate has 50 members presided over by the Lieutenant Governor who only votes to break a tie vote.  Members of the Senate are called “senator”.

The House of Representatives has 100 members and is led by one its members.  A member of the House of Representatives is called “representative”

WHO CAN BECOME A SENATOR OR REPRESENTATIVE?

The state constitution requires that a candidate, prior to the time of election must be 25 years old in order to run for senator and 21 years old to run for representative.  Additionally, all candidates must:

1)     Be a citizen of the United States

2)     Have lived in Indiana at least 2 years

3)     Have lived in the district for at least one year

WHO ELECTS MEMBERS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY?

Indiana is divided into 50 Senate districts and 100 House districts.  A member of the Senate is elected by the citizens registered to vote in the Senate district in which he or she resides.  A member of the House of Representatives is elected by the citizens registered to vote in the House district in which he or she resides.

WHAT IS THE TERM LENGTH FOR GENERAL ASSEMBLY MEMBERS?

The term of a Senator is 4 years, and the term of a Representative is 2 years.  There are no term limits for senators or representatives.

WHERE DOES THE LEGISLATURE MEET?

The state constitution requires the General Assembly to meet at the state capitol city of Indianapolis.  The General Assembly first met in the current capitol building on January 6, 1887 and continues to meet there.  The capitol building is located at 200 West Washington Street.

HOW OFTEN DOES THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY MEET?

Both houses of the General Assembly has met in regular session annually since the 1970’s.  The regular session lasts between three and four months.  At the call of the Governor, the General Assembly may meet for additional days in one or more special sessions.  When not in session, member of the General Assembly may be assigned to interim study committees that meet between sessions.