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Bills come to Law

Bill of Rights
Basic Rights and Participation
Amendment Process
Federal Government
Bills come to Law
Legislative Branch
Executive Branch
Judicial Branch

This page will take you  through each step of how a bill becomes a law, and will explain everybody's roles in the law making process.

Role of Legislative Branch:
A bill becomes a law by both the house and the senate approving bills, if they both approve different versions of a bill, a conference committee tries to work out a compromise bill that is acceptable to both houses.

Role of Committees:
When it receives a bill, a committee can reject it outright,"pigeonhole' it by setting it aside without reviewing it, or prepare it for consideration by the full house or senate. Preparing bills - committees hold pulic hearings at which citizens can present arguments and documents supporting or opposing the bills. Once a bill is passed by a committee in either house of congress, it is sent to the full senate or House for debate. After Debate, the bill can be rejected, passed, or sent back to committee for further changes.  


Role of Executive Branch:
When both houses pass a bill, the bill goes to the president, if the president approves the bill and signs it, it then becomes a LAW!!!

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