Massachusetts General Court

Old State House The Massachusetts General Court (formally styled the General Court of Massachusetts) is the state legislature of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The name "General Court" is a hold-over from the earliest days of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, when the colonial assembly, in addition to making laws, sat as a judicial court of appeals. Before the adoption of the state constitution in 1780, it was called the ''Great and General Court,'' but the official title was shortened by John Adams, author of the state constitution. It is a bicameral body. The upper house is the Massachusetts Senate which is composed of 40 members. The lower body, the Massachusetts House of Representatives, has 160 members. (Until 1978, it had 240 members.) It meets in the Massachusetts State House on Beacon Hill in Boston.

The current President of the Senate is Karen Spilka, and the Speaker of the House is Robert DeLeo. Since 1959, Democrats have controlled both houses of the Massachusetts General Court, often by large majorities. The Democrats enjoyed veto-proof supermajorities in both chambers for part of the 1990s (i.e., enough votes to override vetoes by a governor) and also currently hold supermajorities in both chambers.

State Senators and Representatives both serve two-year terms. There are no term limits; a term limit was enacted by initiative in Massachusetts in 1994, but in 1997 this was struck down by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, which ruled that it was an unconstitutional attempt to provide additional qualifications for office by statute, rather than constitutional amendment.

The legislature is a full-time legislature, although not to the extent of neighboring New York or some other states.

As of 2018, the General Court was composed of 75 percent male and 25 percent female representation. Provided by Wikipedia

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Published 1729
Printed by T. Fleet, in Pudding-Lane
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by Foxcroft, Thomas
Published 1727
Printed for S. Gerrish, at the lower end of Cornhill
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by Williams, William
Published 1726
Printed by B. Green, printer to His Excellency the governour & Council, for Daniel Henchman at his shop
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by Russel, Jonathan
Published 1704
Printed by Bartholomew Green, for Benjamin Eliot, at his shop under the west end of the Town-House
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by Mather, Cotton
Published 1708
Printed by B. Green
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by Stone, Nathanael
Published 1720
Printed by B. Green, printer to His Excellency the governour and Council
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by Pemberton, Ebenezer
Published 1706
Printed by B. Green. Sold by Benj. Eliot
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by Mather, Cotton
Published 1715
Printed by B. Green: sold by Samuel Gerrish at his shop
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by Colman, Benjamin
Published 1718
Printed by B Green, printer to His Excellency the governour and Council
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by Hutchinson, Thomas
Published 1773
Printed and sold by Edes and Gill, in Queen-Street
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by Prince, Thomas
Published 1728
Printed for Samuel Gerrish, at the lower end of Cornhill
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by Chauncy, Charles
Published 1747
Printed by order of the Honourable House of Representatives
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by Parsons, David
Published 1788
printed by Adams & Nourse
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by Mather, Cotton
Published 1710
Printed by B. Green: sold by Samuel Gerrish at his shop
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by Robbins, Chandler
Published 1791
printed by Thomas Adams, printer to the Honourable the General Court
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by Payson, Phillips
Published 1778
Printed by John Gill, printer to the General Assembly
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by Stillman, Samuel
Published 1779
printed by T. and J. Fleet, and J. Gill
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by Gordon, William
Published 1775
Printed and sold by Benjamin Edes
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by Webb, John
Published 1738
Printed by J. Draper, printer to His Excellency the governour and Council, for N. Procter, at the Bible and Dove in Fish-Street, and S. Eliot in Cornhill
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by Prentice, John
Published 1735
Printed by S. Kneeland, printer to the Honourable House of Representatives, for D. Henchman in Corn-Hill
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