What is Law New?

Law new refers to laws passed by Congress or another legislative body after being debated and voted on. The word is derived from the Latin novem, meaning recent or fresh. New laws are often called statutes or acts. The process of creating legislation begins with an idea for a policy. Those ideas can come from senators, constituents, organizations calling for a new law, or State officials. The ideas are then drafted into a bill. The drafters of a bill have specialized legal training. The committee report that accompanies the bill describes its purpose and scope, including any changes to existing law. If the Governor does not sign or veto a bill within 10 days, it becomes law. If the Governor vetoes a bill, two-thirds of each house must vote to override the veto.