WA How A Bill Becomes Law
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Standing & Joint 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.
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.
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.
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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