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How Bills Become Laws

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Summer Salla

on 13 June 2013

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Transcript of How Bills Become Laws

Step 1
The Bill Begins
Step 4
Once the bill reaches the committee, the members of that committee research and review the bill before they can send it back to the House floor.
Summer Salla and Zach Stevens
How Bills Become Laws
Step 2
After the bill is written, it needs a sponsor. This means that the writer of the bill needs people to support the idea.

Once the bill has enough support, it will be introduced.
A bill begins as an idea from a Representative, or a citizen.

If the Representative agrees/likes the idea, they will research the ideas and write the ideas into a bill form.
The Bill is Proposed
The Bill goes to the Committee
Step 5
The Bill is Reported
If the members of that committee want information about that bill before letting it go to the House floor, it is sent to a subcommittee. Before they send it back to the committee, the bill is examined closely.
Step 6
The Bill is Debated
When a bill is sent to the House floor, it is ready to be debated by the House of Representatives.
Step 7
The Bill is Voted On
A reading clerk reads the bill and then the Representatives recommends changes. and once the changes have been made, it is ready to be voted on.

There are 3 different ways you can vote on a bill. Viva Voce, Division, and recorded. If the majority of the House chooses yes, it gets certified by the clerk and is sent to the U.S. Senate.
Step 3
The Bill is Introduced
In the House of Representatives, a bill is introduced when it is placed into a hopper which is a special box on the side of the clerk's desk.

A clerk assigns a bill number that begins with H.R., and then the clerk reads it to all of the Representatives. Then the Speaker of the House will send the bill to a standing committee in the house.
Step 8
The Bill is Referred to the Senate
When the bill reaches the Senate, it is discussed in a committee and then reported to the Senate floor to be voted on.

If majority says yes, it gets passes to the President.
Step 9
The Bill is Sent to the President
When it reaches the President he can sign and pass the bill, making it into a law, veto the bill, and do a pocket veto. Two thirds of the Representatives and Senators vote can override the bill and it can become a law.
Step 10
The Bill is A Law
Then the bill becomes a law!
"How Laws are Made." Kids in the House. N.p.. Web. 12 Jun 2013. <http://kids.clerk.house.gov>.
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