The Nassau County Legislature, formed in 1996, is the legislative arm of the Nassau County government. Comprised of single representatives from each of the County's 19 districts, it is the Legislature's duty to draft and approve local laws that affect the County and its residents.
The Nassau County Legislature is based on a committee system, consisting of twelve committees. Issues are assigned to a committee for review and consideration. Upon approval, issues move to the Rules Committee for further review. If approved, issues are placed on the calendar of the Nassau County Legislature at full session where it is voted on by all 19 legislators. The public is invited to attend and observe all committee meetings. Public comment is welcomed at full sessions of the legislature.
The 12 committees are Rules; Finance; Public Safety; Government Services & Operations; Economic & Community Development and Labor; Judiciary; Public Works; Minority Affairs; Towns, Villages and Cities; Planning, Development & the Environment; Health and Social Services; and Budget Review.