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How a bill becomes a law
Transcript of How a bill becomes a law
may propose or sponsor a new law. Ideas for laws can
come from many sources such as citizens, interest
groups, public officials or the President.
Step Two At the legislator's direction,
the idea is drafted as a bill. Step Three The bill is introduced when the Senate
Secretary or House Member reads aloud the bill's number, sponsor and title during a legislative session Step Four The bill is usually sent to a committee that
studies it and if needed, changes are made. Step Five If the committee approves the bill, it is reported to the House and its title is read again. This is the bill's second reading.
Step Six the bill's title is read for the third time, and it is debated and voted on. A bill passes if it receives a majority of votes Step Seven The bill follows a similar path of first reading, committee consideration, second reading, third reading and final passage in the second house. After both houses agree on the bill, it is sent to the President. In most cases, the bill becomes law when signed by the President.
Step Eight The President may veto a bill by refusing to sign it and returning it to the Legislature with noted objections or proposed changes. There are several types of vetoes. Sometimes, a vetoed bill can still become law.