Law Making Process (state level)

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  • The first step in the process is for the bill to get drafted, or created. This bill wants to temporarily take one-quarter cent from local sales and use it for something else.
  • The bill then gets introduced to the general assembly where it will be considered. After it gets introduced, it gets referenced to a committee to be carefully studied and if they approve of the bill it will be considered by the general assembly again.
  • After it passes the committee, it will be sent to the first of the two halves of the general assembly. Because this bill has to do with taxes, it will be sent to the House first. At the House, it will be read over again and studied, and then they will take a vote on the bill. If the bill passes the vote, it will be sent to the Senate.
  • Once it gets sent to the Senate, it will go through the same lengthy process as in the House, and then they will also vote on the bill.
  • If the Senate wanted to change the bill in any way, they would write down what they wanted to change and send it back to the House. If the House agrees to the changes, then it will be ready to get signed into a law, but if they don't like the changes, then the bill will get sent to a conference committee, which will try to find a middle ground for the House and Senate so the bill can get signed.
  • After the bill passes both houses, a clean copy with all the amendments is prepared, and it will get signed by the presiding officers of the Senate and House (and sometimes the Governor). If they sign it, then it becomes a law, but if the Governor vetoes the bill, then it would need to get a 3/5 vote in the House and Senate to override the veto.
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