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Legislative power is vested in a General Assembly, which consists of a House of Representatives and a Senate. The General Assembly has the authority to enact laws, appropriate funds and levy taxes. Additional powers of the legislature include the proposal of constitutional amendments, the impeachment of public officials, investigatory authority, and the confirmation of certain executive appointments. The first State General Assembly was a unicameral body established under the Constitution of 1776. It was given vast powers which enabled it to dominate the other two branches of state government. This imbalance was corrected with the adoption of subsequent constitutions, beginning with the Constitution of 1790, which created a bicameral assembly and a popularly elected governor.

For additional materials, see Records of the Legislative Reference Bureau (RG-36), a legislative service agency under the auspices of the General Assembly.

Inquiries about recent legislation (1970 to present) may be pursued directly by visiting the Pennsylvania General Assembly home page. If this site does not provide the needed information, the Archives of the House of Representatives may also be contacted at (717)-783-3866.

General Assembly, 1776-1790

House of Representatives


House of Representatives and Senate

Joint Committees, Subcommittees, and Commissions

Eisenhower Centennial Commission

Legislative Bicentennial Subcommittee

Legislative Reapportionment Commissions

2001 Legslative Reapportionment Commission

Legislative Service Agencies

Capitol Preservation Committee Center for Rural Pennsylvania Joint Legislative Air and Water Pollution Control and Conservation Committee Joint State Government Commission Legislative Budget and Finance Committee Local Government Commission Pennsylvania Crime Commission Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing

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PA State Archives Hours, Directions & Fees Research Topics Finding Aids for Collections Land Records