The state legislature is responsible for making and amending state laws. The “upper” body is often called the state senate or assembly and those elected to serve in it are called senators. The “lower” body is called the state house and its members are generally called representatives. (In Nebraska, all state legislators are called senators.) Residents of each district, a specific geographic area, usually elect one or more member(s) to the legislature who are expected to represent their district constituents. State government also has the potential to affect state’s budget, as well as issues around employment, education and more.
In most cases, your state elected officials are very accessible and want to hear from you. If you have a concern, you can send your legislator(s) an email, call them on the phone, or visit them in their office. Often you will meet or speak directly with the legislator, not with his or her staff.