Law New – The Legislative Process

Law New:

A bill is a proposed law presented to Congress or other legislative bodies. Once passed by the legislature, it becomes a law (or statute) after the Governor signs it or if, within 10 days of its passage in both houses, two-thirds of the members of each house vote to override the Governor’s veto. The legislative process begins with a new policy idea that may come from a senator, a group of people or organizations who petition the Senate on behalf of their constituents, or State agencies. Once a bill is drafted, it is referred to a committee to research, discuss, and make changes. Committee reports provide an important record of the legislative history and purpose of a law. They are used by the courts, executive departments, and the public.