How New Laws Are Created and Passed

A new law is a rule or regulation that governs behavior within a society or country. Laws are created, debated, and passed by legislatures like Congress or a state’s governor. They are a way for citizens to feel safe, secure, and be treated fairly.

The legislative process begins with an idea for a policy change. These ideas may come from a senator’s constituents, an organization calling for a law, or from a State official. Once a legislative body agrees on an idea for a bill, it is then drafted. This is done by a staff member of the legislative body. The drafter of the bill is the person who is in charge of making sure that the law complies with the constitutional requirements and other legal standards for a new law. The drafter is also responsible for creating a draft title and description for the bill, and for drafting the bill’s sections.

After the bill is drafted, it is sent to committees for review and possible revisions. The drafters of the bills often attend committee meetings to explain the details of the new legislation and answer any questions from the members of the committee. The final draft is then submitted to the Senate for consideration. Once the Senate has approved the legislation, it is incorporated into the state’s statutes and becomes a law.

The public’s right to review the process of government decision-making and the statistics used to support those decisions should not be thwarted by shrouding information in secrecy or confidentiality. The people’s right to know the decisions of their government is a fundamental part of our democracy.

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