how a bill becomes a law

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  • What is a bill?
  • A bill is a proposed law.
  • Congress plays a large role in making laws.
  • What happens to a bill next?
  • Congress introduces and creates bills.
  • Hopper
  • There are two types of bills, public bills and private bills.
  • All in Favor to "kill" the bill.
  • Committee Steps -discuss & resolve disagreements on the bill
  • Overall,this bill is not worth acting upon.
  • I don't believe this bill is a good one.
  • In the House of Representatives, after the bill is introduced and assigned to a committee, it is assigned to a subcommittee, then goes to the full committee for approval. The bill usually goes to the Rules committee, next to the committee of the whole, after this, it goes to the house floor for debate, then it may go to a conference committee, back to the house, then lastly to the president.
  • I approve!
  • President
  • A bill is introduced on the house or senate floor. When a bill is introduced in the house, a representative drops the bill in a hopper. It then goes to a Conference committee.
  • VETO!
  • Most bills die in a committee, however if a committee acts on a bill, the chair will set up a hearing. Then the committee members meet to "mark up" the bill. If there is a majority vote the bill is finally sent to the president for a signature.
  • The role of the president in the law making process, is that if he approves the laws that congress creates, he agrees and signs it, then the bill goes into effect.
  • A veto is a constitutional right to reject a decision or proposal made by a law-making body. Presidential vetoes usually kill bills. A veto can be overridden by congress by passing the act by a two-thirds vote in both the house and the senate.
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