a document of a goverment that explains its purpose
constitution
the document written in 1787 and ratified in 1788
us constitution
the system through which a community is organized
goverment
a complete collection of civil laws commissioned by french emperor napoleon bonaparte
napoleonic code
a system of law that uses ealier decisions
common law
the division of power between the federal and state goverments
federalism
the first ten amendments to the us constitution
bill of rights
a division of powers among the three branches of goverment with each branch having
check and balances
a legislative session called to dicuss specific subjects
special sessions
revising the legislative district boundaries based on population numbers
reapportionment
a committee that includes members from both the senate and the house
conference committee
a serious crime like murder and armed robbery
felony
a less serious crime, like speeding
misdemeanor
to take a case to a higher court for further consideration
appeal
a group of citizens who hear evidence on a legal case and make a decision based on evidence
jury
a panel of twelve citizens who serve for six monthsafter listening to district attorney
grand jury
amounts charged citizens by their goverments
taxes
an amount charged for removing natural resoures
severance tax
the legal term for gambling
gaming
the primary local goverment division in louisiana
parish
the governing body for most parishes in louisiana
police jury
political power given to political subdivisions to govern their own affairs
home rule
a unit of local goverment - a village town or city
municipality
loisiana's form of elections, in which all candidates, no matter their political party
open primary system
an organization of people who come together because they have shared ideas about how goverment should operate
political party
to attempt to influence legislators about issues
lobby
information spread widely in order to promote or discourage a paticular proposal or political point of view
propaganda