In a modern democracy
, the group of elected
representatives who exercise the legislative power
. In some countries
, the legislative assembly is split in two groups or houses, the second of which (sometimes called the Senate
, as in France
and the United States
) is composed of more experienced statesmen
and is supposed to act as a moderating influence on the first assembly. In most countries
, the head of state
has the right to veto laws
passed by the legislative assembly.
See also the French Legislative Assembly of 1791 - 1792.