How a Bill Becomes a Law
Updated: 12/2/2020
How a Bill Becomes a Law

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  • I think we should have a 3 day weekend.
  • I'll sponsor it and introduce it to the chambers.
  • Is this a good idea?
  • First, a member of the Congress or a citizen comes up with an idea for law so they draft a bill.
  • We'll review the bill and let you know what we think.
  • Next, the representative sponsors it and introduces it to the House.
  • We will make the necessary changes and then vote
  • Then the bill gets mentioned to the committee. The House and Senate both have groups of people who work for things like health and other departments who examine it.
  • Do u approve any of the following amendments?
  • The committees mention the bill to the subcommittees who do further work under certain topics.
  • When the subcommittees are done, the committees mark up the bill and then they report legislation, if they don't, the bill dies.
  • Then the bill reaches the floor and the full chamber votes, if most of the chamber votes yes, the bill goes on, if not, it dies.