How a Bill Becomes Law
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A bill may be introduced in either the Senate or House of Representatives by a member.
After passing one house, the bill goes through the same procedure in the other house.
|It is referred to a committee for a hearing. The committee studies the bill and may hold public hearings on it. It can then pass, reject or take no action on the bill.|
|If amendments are made, the other house must approve the changes.|
|The committee report on the passed bill is read in open session of the House or Senate, and the bill is then referred to the Rules Committee.|
|When the bill is accepted in both houses, it is signed by the respective leaders and sent to the governor.|
|The Rules Committee can either place the bill on the second reading of the calendar for debate before the entire body, or take no action.|
|The governor signs the bill into law or may veto all or part of it. If the governor fails to act on the bill, it may become law without a signature.|
|At the second reading, a bill is subject to debate and amendment before being placed on the third reading calendar for final passage.|