Aldermen, or councilors, generally act as the legislative branch of the city government, as well as its policy-making body. The council also looks to the city's goals, major projects and infrastructure improvements ranging from community growth to land use to finances and strategic planning.
The Senate can draft, introduce and vote on legislation. The Senate also can enact laws and propose amendments to the state constitution to be referred to voters. Along with the House, the Senate approves the state's annual budget.
House of Representatives
Also referred to as a congressman or congresswoman, each representative is elected to a two-year term serving the people of a specific congressional district. Among other duties, representatives introduce bills and resolutions, offer amendments and serve on committees.