Legislators are members of the legislative branch of government, which is responsible for making new laws and
changing existing laws. They are elected by the public to work for the government or for various other levels of
government. They govern by proposing bills, holding votes, and passing laws. Frequent public appearances at
community and social events are customary for legislators.
Most legislators serve on committees that oversee different areas of government policy. They are expected to develop
expertise in those areas, as well as keep up with current local, national, and international events. Most bills are
proposed and developed in committees. To make informed decisions, legislators also hear testimonies from private
citizens, political leaders, and interest groups.
The work of legislators relies on meeting with, listening to, and forming relationships with others. They confer with
and debate colleagues about the merits of proposed laws and determine their colleagues’ level of support. In doing
so, they must negotiate a compromise among different interest groups and review and respond to the concerns of the
people they represent or the general public. Legislators work in each level of government. They represent the interests
of the people in their districts, such as encouraging investment and economic development in their jurisdiction, while
also considering the needs of the entire nation. About nine out of ten legislators work in local government.
The duties of legislator includes to develop bills, drafts of laws that they want their fellow legislators to approve, draft
or approve policies, regulations, budgets, and programs. They also debate and analyze the impact of proposed laws
and vote on bills and on motions to enact them into law. They also need to collaborate and negotiate with other
legislators to resolve differences and reach agreements and seek funding for projects and programs in their district,
appoint nominees to leadership posts or approve appointments by the chief executive. They also serve on committees,
panels, and study groups for special policy issues, Listen to and address the concerns of people they represent and to
invite and listen to testimony from people who are concerned about an issue or likely to be affected by a law if it is
The working conditions of legislators vary by position and level of government. Although some legislators work only a
few hours a week, others work long hours and have stressful schedules. Higher-level legislators travel often and may
need to live away from home while the legislature is in session. Many spend a considerable amount of time meeting
with people they represent and attending social functions in addition to their scheduled work hours.
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The qualifications to be a member of Parliament. A person should be i) a citizen of India ii) not less than 25 years of
age to be a member of the Legislative Assembly and not less than 30 years as per Article 173 of Indian Constitution
to be a member of the Legislative Council. On a more fundamental note, a person, who is not a voter from any
constituency of the state, is not eligible to become an MLA.