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Storyboard: How a Bill Becomes a Law (part 1)
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It all starts with an idea.
Which is then sent to the House after being translated into legislative language by the legislative council
The Clerk assigns the bill a number
A member of a standing committee assigns the bill to a subcommittee that has expertise in areas relating to this bill
Whichever party has the majority in the House or the Senate also gets the majority in all their committees
I assign bill HR659 to your subcommittee
Today's agenda:1. hold a hearing to gather information2. schedule a full committee hearing or kill it now?3. add amendments?
The subcommittee debates.
If the bill makes it to a standing committee...
Today's agenda:1. schedule a House hearing or kill it now?2. add amendments?3. write a report if the bill passes
90% of bills die in committee
If the bill makes it to a floor debate...
Rules for House Floor Debate:1. time limits for speaking will be enforced2. debate will end with vote3. if the bill survives debate, it will go to the Senate
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