How Our Laws Are Made

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How our laws are made

The legislative process begins with a new policy idea. These ideas may come from a senator’s constituents, an organization advocating for a particular position or from a State official. The ideas are then drafted as a bill, which is legislation that changes or adds to existing law. The bill is then assigned to a committee that researches, studies and makes amendments to the bill. When the committee votes to recommend approval of the bill, a committee report is written. This report contains a comprehensive description of the bill, including a section-by-section analysis, and sets forth precisely what the proposed law would do if passed.

Once the bill passes both houses of the Legislature, it is sent to the Governor for signing or veto. A signed bill becomes law; a vetoed bill can be overridden by two-thirds of the members of each house.