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How bills becomes laws

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Marselle Kapp

on 15 April 2010

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Transcript of How bills becomes laws

How bills become Laws! Step 1 Bill Is Born. Anyone may draft a bill Only members of congress can introduce legislation A member of congress must introduce it. Step two committe action. As soon as bill is introduced it is referred to a committee the bill gets looked at and if the committee does not act on the bill its effectively dead! Step three subcommittee review. often bills are refferd to a sub committee for study and hearing Step Four Mark up. When the hearings are completed the subcommittee may meet to "mark up" the bill which is make changes and amendments prior to recommending the bill to the full committee. Step 5: Committee Action to Report a Bill
After receiving a subcommittee's report on a bill the full committee votes on its recommendation to the House or Senate. This procedure is called "ordering a bill reported."
Step 6: Voting
After the debate and the approval of any amendments, the bill is passed or defeated by the members voting.

Step 7: Referral to Other Chamber
When the House or Senate passes a bill, it is referred to the other chamber where it usually follows the same route through committee and floor action This chamber may approve the bill as received, reject it, ignore it, or change it.

Step 8: Conference Committee Action
When the actions of the other chamber significantly alter the bill, a conference committee is formed to reconcile the differences between the House and Senate versions. If the conferees are unable to reach agreement, the legislation dies If agreement is reached, a conference report is prepared describing the committee members' recommendations for changes. Both the House and Senate must approve the conference report.
Step 9: Final Action
After both the House and Senate have approved a bill in identical form, it is sent to the president If the president approves of the legislation, he signs it and it becomes law. Or, if the president takes no action for ten days, while Congress is in session, it automatically becomes law Step 10: Overriding a Veto
If the president vetoes a bill, Congress may attempt to "override the veto." If both the Senate and the House pass the bill by a two-thirds majority, the president's veto is overruled and the bill becomes a law. Step 10: Overriding a Veto
If the president vetoes a bill, Congress may attempt to "override the veto." If both the Senate and the House pass the bill by a two-thirds majority, the president's veto is overruled and the bill becomes a law.
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