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How a bill becomes a law?

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November 06, 2011 9:07PM

Step 1. A bill is thought up by anyone even the president or congress.

Step 2. They present their idea to the staff, and the rough draft is refined into a proposed bill

Step 3. The bill is then presented in front of other members of congress

Step 4. The bill is then studied. Hearings are held and evidence on the bill is gathered and the committee can add or delete things as they please

Step 5. The committee then votes on the bill and if it gets approved the bill is then sent to the Senate

Step 6. That house votes, if the bill gets 2/3rd's vote it then moves onto another house

Step 7. After the bill has been studied once again it is voted on once more and passed to the second house.

Step 8. The first house considers any changes that were made. If it approves all inspections the bill is then sent to the President.

Step 9. If the house where the bill originated feels they need to change anything or re-write parts before passing it on to the president they may do so.

Step 10. It is then sent to the President. If the President signs the bill, it becomes a law. If the President does not approve the bill and he vetoes it, it is sent back to the house it originated in.

Step 11. If the bill get's a 2/3rd's vote from the first and second house, the bill becomes a law and overrides the President's veto.


1- Proposal submitted to clerk

2- Copies of bill given to legislators (house or senate)

3- Bill assigned to committee

4- Committee considers bill and may hold public meetings

5- Bill voted out of committee and sent to chamber (house or senate)

6-Legislators debate bill, may make changes, and vote on passage

7-Certified bill is sent to other chamber (senate or house) for consideration

8- Bill is assigned to committee

9- Bill voted out of committee and sent to chamber

10- Legislators debate on bill, may make changes, and vote on passage

11- If passed in same form, bill is sent t o governor

12- Governor may sign bill, veto it, or let it become law without legislature

13- If vetoed, the legislature may, by two-thirds of vote of each house, override the veto and the bill becomes law.