How California 's Government Differs From The Federal Government

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How California’s Government Differs from the Federal Government Each state has its own government that govern the people living in that particular state. The State’s government makes ballot initiatives etc. to help the maintain a democracy in the state. The Federal government, on the other hand, makes laws, treaties etc. to help the nation as a whole. However, the State’s government differs a little when compared to the Federal government. The Federal government takes into account the whole nation—United States in this case—when governing. The State government only takes into account itself—California in this case. Looking at the three branches of the Federal government—the executive, judicial and legislative, one can see the differences starting to form. To begin with, California’s legislative branch is a bicameral body, meaning that there are two different houses with 120 members total. The lower chamber, also known as the California State Assembly includes 80 members, while the upper chamber, also known as the California State Senate includes 40 members. The California State Assembly’s members debate bills that may become laws and affect the people in their state. The California State Senate also debates bills that may become laws but handles less than the State Assembly. Furthermore, California’s legislation also includes the Office of the Legislative Counsel which is a public agency that provides various legal services to the State’s legislative branch. On the other…

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