The Legislative Process
How a Bill Becomes Law
Yet sometimes even the committee members need help when there is not sufficient enough information to vote on a bill. That is where the subcommittee comes in. It's their job to gather more information and gain opinions from qualified experts to make sure a bill is worthy and then they send it back to the Committee to be voted on.
Another committee is the Rules Committee. The Rules Committee acts as the police force that make sure the bill and the debate on the bill contain appropriate arguments for what the bill is proposing and no other unauthorized bills are attached on to the bill being debated on. It also must approve a bill being taken from the calendar and set a time for the bill's appearance on the floor.
Reporting a Bill
- They can report the bill favorably and make it the chairman's job to steer the bill through the debate floor. This is if they strongly recommend that the bill is passed.
- They can refuse to report the bill.
- Report an amended bill.
- Report the bill with an unfavorable recommendation. Happens rarely.
- Report a committee bill. A bill substituted in place of the other bill.