How a bill becomes a law
STEP ONE: THE LEGISLATIVE CHAMBERS (HOUSE & SENATE)
FIRST COMMITTEE HEARING - Amendments can be made by committee. Then the committee votes whether to send the amended bill to the full chamber.
- FULL CHAMBER - The bill is then debated by the full chamber. Amendments can be made, then the whole chamber votes whether to pass the amended bill to the next step.
- SECOND COMMITTEE HEARING - Again, amendments can be made by committee. Then the committee votes whether to send the amended bill to the full chamber.
- FULL CHAMBER - Lastly, the bill will be debated by the full (second) chamber.
*BOLD - opportunity for public to come to the Capitol and comment on legislation in person.
*ITALIC - proceedings are streamed live online at legis.la.gov.
STEP TWO: RECONCILING DIFFERENT VERSIONS PASSED
STEP THREE: THE GOVERNOR
8a. The governor signs the bill, and it becomes a law!
8b. The governor vetoes the bill. The bill dies unless ⅔ of both chambers vote to override the veto.
8c. The governor takes no action, and the bill becomes a law!