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HOW A BILL BECOMES LAW

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  Bill assigned to committee.

VOTE Bill goes to full chamber for consideration.

RULES COMMITTEE

PASS COMMITTEE. BILL MOVES. IF BILL FAILS, IT IS REJECTED.

Bill goes to Rules Committee.

Commitee hears testimony from the bill’s author as well as proponents and opponents.

VOTE COMMITTEE

PASS COMMITTEE. BILL MOVES. IF BILL FAILS, IT IS REJECTED.

VOTE

COMMITTEE PASS COMMITTEE. BILL MOVES.

Bill goes to Rules Committee.

IF BILL FAILS, IT IS REJECTED.

Commitee hears testimony from the bill’s author as well as proponents and opponents.

Bill assigned to committee.

VOTE

ORIGINATING CHAMBER

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AMENDED BILL PASSES, GO TO GOVERNOR

GOVERNOR SIGNS. BILL IS LAW.

GOVERNOR DOESN’T SIGN. BECOMES LAW IN 40 DAYS.

VETO. BILL FAILS AND IS REJECTED.

PASS CHAMBER. BILLS GOES TO GOVERNOR

DIFFERENCES? BILLS GOES TO CONFERENCE COMMITTEE.

Originating chamber considers bill.

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IF BILL FAILS, IT IS REJECTED.

Conference Committee works out differences

CONFERENCE COMMITTEE

PASS CONFERENCE COMMITTEE BILL MOVES.

IF BILL FAILS, IT IS REJECTED.

IF BILL FAILS, IT IS REJECTED.

Bill moves to other chamber.

VOTE

FULL CHAMBER

PASS CHAMBER. BILL MOVES. IF BILL FAILS, IT IS REJECTED.

ABOUT CROSSOVER DAY

Crossover Day is the last day that a bill can be passed in one chamber and sent to the next chamber. Bills that do not receive a floor vote by Crossover Day are not eligible to pass during the current legislative session unless added to another bill.

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BILL IS AMENDED AND GOES BACK TO ORIGINATING CHAMBER.

Both Chambers Consider Conference Committee Bill.

VOTE BOTH CHAMBERS

VOTE

PASS COMMITTEE. BILL MOVES.

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VOTE FULL CHAMBER

RULES COMMITTEE

Bill goes to full chamber for consideration.

Legislator drafts a bill.

Legislator files bill with Clerk of House or Secretary of Senate.

VOTE

PASS BOTH CHAMBERS. BILL GOES TO GOVERNOR IF BILL FAILS, IT IS REJECTED.

Bills can be revised at multiple points in the legislative process: committee meetings, floor debate, and conference committee.

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