State legislators write, debate and vote on laws that impact their whole state. Legislatures vary from state to state, with differences in the number of legislative members, time spent in session, legislative procedures, and political makeup. Legislators represent a specific geographic area and are responsible for advocating for the voices of their constituents at the state level.
Legislators approve the state budget which includes funding for public education, state-level health care, and services like public transportation, parks, libraries and more. Legislators have the ability to pass state-level laws on everything from climate policy to LGBTQIA+ rights, reproductive rights, public safety and more. They also vote to raise and lower taxes.