How New Law Is Made

New law refers to legislation that has been proposed, debated and agreed upon by a legislative body, such as Congress. A law is an official rule that governs behavior within a society or country. The word “law” can also mean a statute which is a written law passed by Congress or another legislative body.

The process of law making begins with a policy idea. This idea may come from a senator, constituents, an organization that calls for a law or a State official. Once the idea has been agreed upon, the law drafting process begins. This is known as bill drafting and usually involves a committee. After a committee has drafted a bill, it must be sent to the full House for consideration. A committee report is also drafted at this point and describes the purpose and scope of the bill as well as any changes in existing law it would make.

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