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House of Senate,House of Lords

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The idea of such a legislative entity first surfaced during the Constitutional Monarchy Movement but many Iranians saw it as some kind of a House of Lords that would be the voice of the few elite rather than public.By new constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran, legislation became unicameral, the senate was dissolved (Wikipedia) - Senate
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"Senator" and "Sen." redirect here. For other uses, see Senator (disambiguation). "The Senate" redirects here. For the Northern Soul band, see The Senate (band).The Curia Julia in the Roman Forum

A senate is a deliberative assembly, often the upper house or chamber of a bicameral legislature or parliament. There have been many such bodies in history, since senate means the assembly of the eldest and wiser members of the society and ruling class. The first official senate was the Roman senate of Ancient Rome.

Many countries currently have an assembly named a senate, composed of senators who may be elected, appointed, have inherited the title, or gained membership by other methods, depending on the country. Modern senates typically serve to provide a chamber of "sober second thought" to consider legislation passed by a lower house, whose members are usually elected.

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The modern word senate is derived from the Latin word senātus (senate), which comes from senex, "old man". The members or legislators of a senate are called senators. The Latin word senator was adopted into English with no change in spelling. Its meaning is derived from a very ancient form of simple social organization in which decision-making powers are reserved for the eldest men. For the same reason, the word senate is correctly used when referring to any powerful authority characteristically composed by the eldest members of a community, as a deliberative body of a faculty in an institution of higher learning is often called a senate. This form adaptation was used to show the power of those in body and for the decision-making process to be thorough, which could take a long period of time. The original senate was the Roman Senate, which lasted until 580 (various efforts to revive it were made in Medieval Rome). In the Eastern Roman Empire, the Byzantine Senate continued until the Fourth Crusade, circa 1202–1204.

Modern democratic states with bicameral parliamentary systems are sometimes equipped with a senate, often distinguished from an ordinary parallel lower house, known variously as the "House of Representatives", "House of Commons", "Chamber of Deputies", "National Assembly", "Legislative Assembly", or "House of Assembly", by electoral rules. This may include minimum age required for voters and candidates, proportional or majoritarian or plurality system, and an electoral basis or collegium. Typically, the senate is referred to as the upper house and has a smaller membership than the lower house. In some federal states senates also exist at the subnational level. In the United States all states with the exception of Nebraska (whose legislature is a unicameral body called the "Legislature" but whose members refer to themselves as "senators") have a state senate. There is also the US Senate at federal level. Similarly in Argentina, in addition to the Senate at federal level, eight of the country's provinces, Buenos Aires, Catamarca, Corrientes, Entre Ríos, Mendoza, Salta, San Luis (since 1987) and Santa Fe, have bicameral legislatures with a Senate. Córdoba and Tucumán changed to unicameral systems in 2001 and 2003 respectively.

In Australia and Canada, only the upper house of the federal parliament is known as the Senate. All states other than Queensland have an upper house known as a Legislative Council. Several Canadian provinces also once had a Legislative Council, but these have all been abolished, the last being Quebec's Legislative Council in 1968.

In Germany, the last Senate of a State parliament, the Senate of Bavaria, was abolished in 1999.

Senate membership can be determined either through elections or appointments. For example, elections are held every three years for half the membership of the Australian Senate, the term of a senator being six years. In contrast, members of the Canadian Senate are appointed by the Governor General upon the recommendation of the Prime Minister of Canada, holding the office until they resign, are removed, or retire at the mandatory age of 75. In larger countries, the senate often serves a balancing effect by giving a larger share of power to regions or groups which would otherwise be overwhelmed under strictly popular apportionment.

Alternative meanings

The terms Senate and Senator, however, do not necessarily refer to a second chamber of a legislature:

National senates in the world
Defunct senates See also: Abolished upper house

Abolished in favor of unicameral system

  • 1863 Greece*
  • 1958 Sudan
  • 1966 Kenya (restored in 2013)****
  • 1971 Ceylon (now Sri Lanka)
  • 1990 Tucumán Province, Argentina
  • 1981 South Africa**
  • 2000 Bavaria
  • 2001 Córdoba Province, Argentina
  • 2005 Chad

Legislature disbanded

New constitution adopted

* A Greek Senate was reestablished in 1927, and abolished again in 1935. ** A South African Senate was reconvened between 1994 and 1997, before being replaced by the National Council of Provinces. ***The Philippine Senate was abolished and restored twice. A new constitution in 1935 abolished the Senate but an amendment in 1941 resorted it in 1945. In 1972, the legislature was closed, and a passage of a new constitution in 1978 confirmed the abolition of the Senate; an approval of a new constitution in 1987 restored it. ****The Kenyan Senate and House of Representatives were combined into a single National Assembly, under the 2010 Constitution, the Senate is the upper house, with the National Assembly becoming the lower house

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The splendid Dome at the house of Senate in Tehran was an architectural challenge of the time reflecting imperial ambitions of the Shah.Designed by the Architect Heydar Ghiayi , the construction was led by Rahmat Safayi, a technically challenging project
On a rainy day, a soldier is patroling once the Iranian House of Senate building is now the Assembly of Experts.The function of a body like Senate is to give more political power to %1 of the society: the elite, lobbies, etc.
Iranian Girl soldiers in their Sepah Danesh Uniforms march in front of the Senate building in Tehran, part of the propaganda campaign for the White Revolution reforms during the reign of Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi.

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