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Storyboard: How a Bill Becomes a Law (part 1)
Updated: 10/3/2020
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
  • The Hopper
  • HR659
  • 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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