The Georgia General Assembly consists of the House of Representatives and the Senate. It meets once a year beginning on the second Monday in January. The yearly session lasts forty days. These two bodies of men and women elected by the people within their districts are responsible for making all the laws for the state. There are 56 members in the Senate and 180 members in the House. Bills written by the various members of each body are brought before the General Assembly and voted on. Each bill goes through an extensive legislative process before it is brought before either the House or Senate for a vote. For a bill to become law, it must have the governor’s signature, or the General Assembly must override his veto.