A general assembly can be one of the terms used to name a legislative assembly. A general assembly can be the lower house of a bicameral legislature, although it can also be used to refer to a unicameral legislature. A general assembly can also refer to a national or international legislative assembly.
General Assembly vs. National Assembly
The differences between a general assembly and a national assembly are slight. The primary difference is that a jurisdiction that uses the phrase National Assembly likely has a Francophone heritage, while a General Assembly probably has a heritage as a British Commonwealth.
United Nations General Assembly
The United Nations General Assembly is the main body of the United Nations. The only binding regulations that can come out of these assemblies are related to the United Nations budget. The United General Assembly includes 192 nations. The assemblies require a super majority two-thirds vote to pass resolutions.
National Assembly for Wales
The Government for Wales Act of 1998 and 2006 created the National Assembly for Wales. The Welsh Assembly can pass limited legislation affecting Wales, although there is little primary legislation that can be passed by the National Assembly for Wales. However, the measures passed by the Wales Assembly can be overruled by the Secretary of State or the Parliament of the United Kingdom.
Illinois General Assembly
The Illinois General Assembly refers to both the Illinois House of Representatives and the Illinois Senate. These assemblies were created by the State Constitution that was passed in 1818. The Illinois General Assembly meets in the Illinois State Capital in Springfield.
New York State Assembly
The New York State Assembly is the lower house of the New York State Legislature. There are 150 members representing 150 members in the New York State Assembly. The Democrats have controlled the NYS Assembly since 1975. Many members of the New York State Assembly, such as President Theodore Roosevelt and Millard Fillmore, have gone on to later success.
The California Assembly is the lower house of the California Legislature. The 80 members of the California State Assembly represent the highest representative ratio of any state representative. The only higher ratio is in the Federal House of Representative.
Maryland General Assembly
The Maryland General Assembly encompasses the bicameral state legislature of Maryland. The Maryland General Assembly meets for 90 days every year and acts on more than 2,300 hundred bills. The Maryland General Assembly involves 47 districts, each of which elect a state senator and three delegates.
New Jersey Assembly
The New Jersey Assembly is the lower branch of the State Legislature. The NJ Assembly is a part time position, meaning that members often hold additional employment.
North Carolina General Assembly
The North Carolina General Assembly involves the North Carolina House of Representatives and North Carolina Senate. The NC General Assembly includes 50 senators and 120 members of the House.