How a Bill Becomes a Law

Updated: 9/10/2021
How a Bill Becomes a Law

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  • The bill starts off as an idea by a representative or by a citizen.
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  • The bill is then introduced by a representative who tries to gain support for the bill from other representatives.
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  • Once introduced, the bill is sent to a standing committee who will review, research, and possibly revise it.
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  • If the standing committee needs more information on the bill, the bill will then be sent to a subcommittee in which the bill will be examined more and expert opinions will be gathered.
  • After the subcommittee gathers their information, they will report back to the standing committee who will then decided if the bill should be passed without changes, revised, replaced, or ultimately "killed".
  • When the committee approves the bill it is sent to the house floor and is debated on by representatives.