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Understanding the Legislative Process

The legislative process is the means by which a bill becomes a state law.

How a bill becomes a law:

First, a member of the House or Senate drafts a bill and introduces it in their chamber. The bill is then considered and voted on by the committee of jurisdiction and then it is sent to the floor to be voted on by the entire chamber. The process may then be repeated in the other chamber, or a similar bill may be proceeding at the same time. Eventually, legislation that is passed by the House and Senate must go to "conference" where House and Senate members work out the differences before passing the legislation through their respective chambers. Then the bill is sent to the Governor to be signed into law.