Karnataka Legislative Council


    The  Legislative Council was established in 1907 in the former Mysore State to associate certain non-official persons having experience and knowledge of local conditions and requirements to assist government in making  Laws and Regulations. Besides the Dewan, President and the Members of Council, who were ex-officio members, at that time the Council consisted of not less than 10 and not more than 15 additional members to be nominated by the Government, out of which not less than two-fifths were required to be non-officials.  The strength of the Council was increased gradually and in 1923 it was fixed at 50.   In 1914 the Council was empowered to discuss the Budget and in 1923 it was given power to vote on the demands for grants.  From 1919 onwards Resolution were discussed in the Council. The term of the Council was three years in 1917 and four years in 1940.


The strength of the Legislative Council was 63 until 1987. Following adoption of a resolution in Karnataka Legislative Assembly on 18 August 1986 and subsequent approval by the Parliament, the strength of Legislative Council was increased to 75 with effect from 8 September, 1987.


The Legislative Council is a permanent body with one-third of its members retiring every two years. Among the members of the Council, 25 are elected by the Legislative Assembly members, 25 are elected by local authorities, 7 are elected by Graduates and 7 by the Teachers and 11 members are nominated by the Governor of Karnataka.