Justice, justice, you shall pursue.

– Deuteronomy 16:20
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Idea

Anyone can propose an idea to create or change a law, but only legislators can guide through the process of becoming a law.

Legal Form

The proposed law is put into proper legal form (bill) by the Office of the Reviser of Statutes, legislators, and staff.

Authors

Each bill must have a legislator to sponsor it as chief author. The House allows up to 34 co-authors and the Senate up to four.

Introduction

The chief author introduces the bill in the House or Senate where it is then referred to an appropriate committee.

Committee

One or more committees discuss the bill and recommend action—approval or disapproval— to the full House or Senate.

Floor

Once passed by all its committees, the bill returns to the full House or Senate where it is debated, amended and voted on.

Conference

If the bills that pass the House and Senate differ, they must be reconciled into a single version by a conference committee.

Floor

The compromise bill is sent back to both the House and Senate for a vote.

Governor

Once passed by both the House and Senate, the bill is sent to the Governor where he or she:

Signs it, and it becomes law

Vetoes it, and it is returned to Legislature

Takes No Action, and it automatically becomes law after a certain time period without signature.

How a Bill Becomes Law