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LEGISLATIVE PROCESS FOR BILLS
For each Bill, there is a fixed process that must be followed. Put simply, these are the steps:
A legislator sponsors with one or more co-sponsors a Bill and it is sent to Legislative services for wording, then read by the Reading Clerk and referred to the appropriate Committee.
- The Committee meets to consider testimony, both written and in person, as well as fiscal notes and reports back to the "floor" with its recommendation of "favorable", "unfavorable", "favorable with amendment" or no recommendation. The "floor" can offer additional amendments subject to vote. Then the Bill is sent for final printing.
- The Bill's third and final reading takes place to all members (the "floor") and must pass by a majority of legislators
- The Bill is then sent to the opposite chamber (Senate or House) where it is subject to further amendments.
- If amendments are made, the Bill goes back to the original chamber for concurrence.
- If the originating chamber does not agree with the amendments, it can request they be withdrawn and, if denied, request a conference committee made up of 3 members from each chamber to resolve the differences
- Once agreed upon by both chambers, the Bill goes back to each chamber for vote and, if passed by each, goes to the Governor for signing into law. If the Governor veto's the Bill, it goes back to the two chambers for possible override
- It takes three-fifths vote of the elected membership in each chamber to override a veto.