Developing legislation

Will review the steps of developing legislation. The first step is to analyze the problem, facts, and any existing law(s). It is important to consider whom the “audience” of your legislation or amendment will be. The development of legislation begins with the conversion of ideas, hopes and hypothesis about how problems can be solved or addressed into concrete legislativeproposals or bills. A bill does not include your ideas or testimony as to why it should be passed, or even what future benefits will come from the adoption of the procedures in the bill. Those issues can be brought up at committee hearings or in debate on the floor.
The main portions of a bill are:

1. The name
2. Description
3. Actions to be taken
4. Definitions
5. A date for the policy to take effect, and,
6. In the case of appropriations, where the money will come from.


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