The American system of government limits the responsibilities and powers that legislators and other government officials have.
The Legislature's Role
As a state legislator, Rep. Beth Fukumoto Chang works in the branch of government responsible for making laws. Contact your state represetnataive and senator if you have any concerns or ideas about state laws that should be introduced, passed, or not passed. For city laws, contact your city councilmember. For federal laws, contact your U.S. representative and senator.
The state Legislature is in session to consider proposals for new laws starting on the third Wednesday in January and lasts for 60 legislative days, as specified by the state Constitution. The legislative session typically ends in early May.
The Legislature must approve the state budget, but otherwise doesn't have any authority over the Executive Branch and its state agencies or departments.
The Executive's Role
Government services and carrying out the laws are responsibilities of the Executive Branch, which includes government departments. The head of the executive branch is the governor on the state level, the mayor on the city level, and the president on the federal level.
If you have any concerns about what the government is doing other than lawmaking and the administration of the justice system, you should contact either the governor's office, mayor's office, or the appropriate department.
The Executive Branch must act in accordance with the laws made by the Legislature.
The Judiciary's Role
The Judicial Branch settles legal disputes and consists of the courts. Federal courts can interpret laws and determine their constitutionality.
If you have a legal issue, contact an attorney for services, including legal advice.
Interaction with the Private Sector
Limitations on the exercise of government power are fundamental to the American system of governance. Unless there is a law requiring regulation, the government does not exercise authority over private entities, such as apartment associations. Additionally, if you have a legal dispute, contact an attorney for services.
Limitations on the exercise of government power are fundamental to the American system. Legislators and other officials have specific responsibilities that