Writing Legislation

THE BILL

A bill is an idea put into proper legislative form and is the document that drives the legislative branch.  It is intended to create, change, or repeal a law.  It does not become a law until it is passed by the Legislative House and is signed by the Governor.  The following is a step-by-step process for writing a bill:

 

Legislative Branch Guide

RESOLUTIONS

A Resolution is defined as “a vehicle to convey the opinions and wishes of the legislature” to Congress. They are official statements that do not change the law in any way.  They may concern matters outside the state’s jurisdiction, such as national or international affairs.

AMENDMENTS

Amendments are proposals for change to a piece of legislation as it is presented in committee or on the chamber floor.  Authors have the privilege to alter their bill by filling out an Amendment form and submitting it to the Committee Chair before the end of the Committee.