The Victorian Legislative Council in 1854 consisted of thirty members, twenty of whom were elected. The interests of pastoralists were heavily represented, the Lieutenant Governor had the authority to appoint ten members of the Legislature, and up to four for the Executive Council.
The legislative body having authority over operation of the Legislature, including approval of bills for introduction and administrative and personnel matters other than personnel matters within the separate control of the House or Senate. The 10 members are composed of the President, Speaker, Democratic and Republican Floor Leaders and Assistant Floor Leaders.
The "upper house" of the Parliament of Victoria, which is modelled loosely on the House of Lords in Westminster. The Council is generally regarded as a "house of review" reconsidering the legislation passed by the lower house.
There are two distinct organizations which are both referred to as the Legislative Council. The Legislative Council is an eighteen member body of the General Assembly comprised of six members of the Senate appointed by the President of the Senate, six members of the House appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Speaker, the President, and the majority leaders and the minority leaders of the House and Senate. The Legislative Council is the name of the nonpartisan research staff of the General Assembly. This office staffs committees of the General Assembly, conducts research, prepares fiscal notes, provides revenue projections, and performs centralized support services
The legislative body having authority over operation of the Legislature, including approval of bills for introduction and administrative and personnel matters other than personnel matters within the separate control of the House or the Senate. (See Part III for a further discussion of the Legislative Council.) The composition of the Council is as follows
A joint, bi-partisan committee which has a number of constitutional and statutory functions. One of its primary functions is oversight of the legal drafting, research, and editing staff for the Legislature.