With the stroke of a pen, the power of a majority

The power of a single legislator, whether on the council, at the state Legislature, or in the U.S. Congress, is limited to that of being one voice and one vote. They may introduce bills (proposed laws), they may cast a vote on those bills, and they may use their voices to inform and educate. As an individual legislator, they may also convene meetings and “shine a light” into the often-dark recesses of government operations and the decision-making processes.