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"The General Assembly forms the legislative branch of Pennsylvania's state
government.   It drafts and passes the laws for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,
subject to the Governor's veto power. The General Assembly is comprised of two
chambers, the House of Representatives and the Senate."

From the Pennsylvania House of Representatives website.
There are 203 Representatives in the State House and they are elected every 2 years.  
Our legislators are usually in session 3 days a week.  The remaining 2-3 days are
spent at their offices in their home district working on legislative business, meeting with
constituents or attending district functions.  There are no set hours for a State
Representative so a typical day may start at 7am with a business breakfast, followed by
8 hours in session in the House and a district function in the evening.

Legislative sessions can run far later than the standard 8 hour work day since the
House can remain in session until 11 pm at night.  During those times when critical
legislation is being discussed, such as when the STATE BUDGET  (click this link to
see this years budget) is seeking approval in June, legislators can be in session 7
days a week.   During 2009 the budget wasn't finalized until September so the
legislators continued to meet throughout the entire summer.

While a legislator is expected to be in Harrisburg when the House is in session, the
amount of time they spend working in their district is at their own discretion.  However,
most long term legislators have a reputation for being very active in both their jobs &
their communities.

The principle responsibility of our legislators is to create our Commonwealth's laws.  A
law can take anywhere from a few months to years to come to fruition.  The process to
become a law is long and complex.  Click the following link for a detailed description of
how a bill becomes a law:

State Representatives have specific criteria they must meet before they can run
for this office.  The following are the qualifications an individual must meet:

1. Must be at least 21 years of age; and
2. reside in Pennsylvania for at least four years; and
3. reside within the district for at least one year; plus
4.  acquire 300 signatures on a candidacy petition that are:
a)  filled out correctly
b) signed by registered voters
c) who are residents of that candidates area
d) and members of that candidates party

If elected, Representatives must retain their district residence for the duration of their
elected service and they can not hold any other salaried office in the state or federal