How A Bill Becomes A Law

By:Ashley Jirovsky

How A Law Begins

Laws begin as ideas. First, a representative sponsors a bill. Then it's assigned to a committee for study. If it's released by the committee, the bill is put on a calendar to be voted on, debated or amended. If the bill passes by simple majority it will move to the Senate. In the Senate, the bill is assigned to another committee. If it's released, it's debated and voted on. A simple majority (51 of 100) passes the bill.

Finally, a conference committee made of House and Senate members works out any differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill. The bill returns to the House and Senate for final approval. The Government Printing Office prints the revised bill in a process called enrolling. The President then has 10 days to sign or veto the enrolled bill.