How a Bill Becomes a Law, September 18, 2008

(2008) How a Bill Becomes a Law, September 18, 2008. Legislative Services Agency (Legislative Service Bureau)

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A legislative bill is a written proposal for a law. Ideas for bills come from many sources: a legislator’s constituents, businesses, government agencies, professional associations, interest groups and other state legislatures. When a legislator recognizes or is made aware of a problem which could be pursued through legislation, that idea is put into the form of a bill. In Iowa, only legislators are able to sponsor and introduce bills. Bills may be sponsored by a Senator or Representative, or by a Senate or House committee. All bills must be approved by both the Senate and the House before being sent to the Governor for final approval. When a bill is introduced by members of a legislative chamber, it must follow a process and, if passed, be sent to members in the other legislative chamber where this process is repeated. The bill and its language must be in identical form from both chambers before being sent to the Governor.

Item Type: Other
Keywords: Iowa Legislature, Legislative Bill, Law, Laws
Subjects: Law enforcement and courts
State government
State government > Iowa General Assembly > Bills
State government > Iowa General Assembly > Legislative sessions
State government > Iowa Legislature
ID Code: 15156
Deposited By: Margaret Barr
Deposited On: 30 Oct 2013 19:40
Last Modified: 30 Oct 2013 19:40
URI: http://publications.iowa.gov/id/eprint/15156