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HOW A BILL BECOMES A LAW

TECHNICAL
SERVICES
Povides
research
counseling
services and
drafts bill when
requested.

SENATO

Files Bill

*The secretary of the senate


reports all the bills to the
senate for first reading
within three session days
upon receipt
*A committee submits a
report on a bill within 30
session days upon referral to
it. A committee may be
discharged from considering
a bill if it has not acted on it
after 30 session days.
*The committee on rules
may declare a bill as urgent.
Committee determines when
the bill is considered, the
time allotment and the
deadline for conclusion of
debaters.
*The three day requirement
for a bill on the third reading
may be disregarded if the
president certifies
immediate enactment.
*The secretary of the senate
transmits to the house all
bills and resolutions
approved by Senate.

BILLS AND
INDEX
Reproduces
draft of bill
and includes it
in the Order of
Business
indexes and
publishes
abstracts of
the Bill.

Includes
committed
report in the
Calendar of
Business

Engrosses/prin
ts bill for third
reading
Distributes
copies of bill
to senators
three days
before reading

SENATE
FIRST
READING
-Reading of
title and
number only
-Principal
author may
propose are
accept
additional
authors.
-Referral to
SECOND
READING
-Sponsorship
speech
-Period of
Debate
-Period of
Amendments
THIRD
READING
-Approval
-No
amendments
allowed
-Move on to
If a bill is
disapproved, it
is sent to the
Senate
archives.

STANDIN
G
COMMIT

HOUSE OF
REPRESENTA
TIVES

-Studies/
analyzes
the bill
-Consult
studies
and
position
papers
-Hears/
consider
s public
testimon
y.
-Makes
reomme
ndations
in its

The House of
Representativ
es considers
the bill in the
same manner
as bill filed by
Senators.
Amendments
may be made
to the bill
approval.
If the senate does
not agree to the
House amendments,
a conference
committee from both
houses is formed to
work out the
differences. A
conference
committee report is
then prepared for
approval of both
houses and the
enrolled copy of the
bill is then
transmitted to the
office of the
president.
House votes on
vetoed bill or item in
bill. If passed by a
vote of two thirds of
all the members, the
bill becomes a law.

SENATE
If the
house has
no
amendmen
ts, an
enrolled
copy of the
bill, after
having
been
signed by
the
Presiding
Officers
and
Secretaries
of both
chambers,

The senate votes


on the vetoed bill
or item in the bill.
If passed by a
vote of two thirds
of all the
members, the bill
is sent to the
House.

OFFICE OF
THE
PRESIDENT
Approves bill
Assigns Act
Number
Transmits
approved
copy to the
senate.

Vetoes bill
and sends
copy to the
Senate

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