WA How A Bill Becomes Law

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  • Meet bill
  • Standing & Joint Committees
  • Rules Committees 
  • A bill is introduced in the House or the Senate for a 1st reading. It's reviewed by a lot of people to become a law.
  • Approval Ping-pong
  • Senate has 15 standing committees House has 20 standing committees 21 Joint legislative committees Support, reject, no action.  If passed, committee report is read in open session & referred to Rules Committee.
  • Governor
  • Senate has a rules committee for bills introduced in Senate House has a rules committee for bills introduced in House Rules committee can move bill to the floor or take no action.
  • Meet RCW
  • Readings on floor: 2nd reading= debate & amendments. 3rd reading= final & vote. Repeat process on other side
  • If bill passes both House and Senate, Gov can sign, veto, or not act. 
  • If signed or no action, bill is now law = RCW
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