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Record Group Number: 000915
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Creator: Florida. Legislature.
Title, Dates: Legislature record group.
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Biographical/Historical Note: Florida's legislative body dates back to 1822, when President James Monroe and the United States Congress appointed the first Legislative Council.  Since 1838, the legislative body has been bicameral, with a House of Representatives and a Senate, collectively known as the General Assembly.  The State Legislature was formed when Florida became a state on March 3, 1945, and elected its first state legislature on May 26 (Art. IV, 1838 Constitution).  Voters from twenty counties elected seventeen state Senators and forty-one Representatives.  The legislature met in its first session in June 1845.  The legislature met biennially in regular session from 1845 to 1969 and annually since 1969.  The districts from which the legislators are elected are reapportioned in the second year after each census, during the regular session.  If agreement is not reached, a special apportionment session is called by the governor (Article III, Section 16, 1968 Constitution).

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