The 2009 Noel State Elections were the first elections for the Higher Chamber of Noel and all state councils. The elections were split evenly by all parties winning a fair amount of seats in all chambers and councils. Governors and Higher Chamber members serve four year terms which will be up in 2013 but state councils serve only two year terms. All councils elect the five most vote getting members which need four votes to pass a bill and five for financial bills, which then a governor can use is one line item veto per calendar year. Governors are elected seperately which is different than the Noel Parliament but alike in how the Higher Chamber can oppose the Primer Minister. The Higher Chamber elects eight members, two from each state during these elections and the Prime Minister of Noel and Vice Primer of Noel also are in the chamber, but are elected during Federal Elections. The chamber calls for six votes to pass a normal social bill but seven to pass a constitutional change.