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Unformatted text preview: How A Bill Becomes A Law Continued… • 2. Assignment to Committee o Given a number in House proceeded by “H.R.” and by “S” in the Senate o Bill referred to a committee o Most bills assigned to the appropriate committees o Complex bills referred to several committees o Controversial bills are sometimes handled by temporary or ad hoc committees set up for that purpose o Often, nothing happens to the bills in committee. Neglect leads to death of many bills o Bills to be acted on are often referred to the appropriate sub-committees. • 3. Hearing o Once the sub-committee or full committee decides to act, hearing are held participated by: Executive agency representatives Academia can offer knowledge others can not Interest groups can provide information for lawmakers to use Other interested persons o In a typical two-year Congress Senate: 1200 hearings House: 2300 hearings • 4. Reporting a Bill o When a sub-committee decides to act on a bill, it drafts it line by line o It reports it to the full committee o The full committee accepts, rejects or amends the bill • 5. Schedule Debate o When a committee agrees to submit a bill to the two houses, it is put on the House and Senate calendar, a list bills for action o Each house has different calendars for different bills...
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This note was uploaded on 09/04/2008 for the course POLS 2304 taught by Professor Li during the Summer '08 term at University of Houston - Downtown.
- Summer '08