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How a Bill Becomes a Law

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How Are Laws Made?

A bill is drafted and introduced

The bill is referred to a Committee

The committee may

  • Hold Hearings
  • Request background information (Committee Prints)
  • Report the Bill to the chamber (Reports and Documents)
  • Do nothing. The bill "dies in committee"

The bill goes to the floor for debate and vote (Voting Records and Debates)

Differences in House of Representatives and Senate bills are reconciled in Conference

The President signs the bill (Presidential Action)

 At this point, the bill becomes law.

There are three types of law which prevail at the federal, state, and local levels of government in the United States

Navigating the Legislative Process

Subject Guide

Rebecca Knight
Associate librarian
Reference and Instructional Services Department
Morris Library, Room 117H
(302) 831-1730

Delaware, U.S. Government Information, census, family studies, RefWorks, APA style, and genealogy.

B.A., History. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. 1973.
M.S., Library Science. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. 1981.

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