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Law Making Process

The steps for a bill to become a law.
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Zipporah Nees

on 26 January 2010

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Transcript of Law Making Process

Law Making Process FIRST STEP: Idea generate from a citizen, and/or congress member. SECOND STEP: Bill written, sponsored an introduced by members of a chamber. THIRD STEP: If the bill is currently in the House, it is dropped in the Hopper. If it is in the Senate, the bill is read aloud formally on the floor and given to clerk. FOURTH STEP: Bill is referred for committee action. FIFTH STEP: Debate usually limited to 1 hour, and the public hearings usually are in the subcommittees. SIXTH STEP: The bill is sent to the floor. SEVENTH STEP: Voting takes place. EIGHTH STEP: Approved version of the bill crosses over to other chamber where it must go through the same process. NINTH STEP: Conference Committee. TENTH STEP: Majority of both houses must approve revised bill from conference comittee. Markup occurs. ELEVENTH STEP: Members from each chamber meet to reconcile the different versions of the same bill. TWELFTH STEP: The passed bill is sent to the President, where he can veto, pocket veto, or approve the bill.
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