State Process

State Legislative Process

House

Senate

Introduction

Bill is introduced by legislator or by committee

Introduction

Bill is introduced by legislator or by committee

Reading and Referral

Bill is read by title and number to full House and assigned to standing committee.

Reading and Referral

Bill is read by title and number to full Senate and assigned to standing committee.

Committee Consideration

Bill is given a hearing and committee debates, amends and makes recommendation.

Committee Consideration

Bill is given a hearing and committee debates, amends and makes recommendation.

Committee of the Whole

Entire House debates bill, offers amendments and votes on passage to Final Action.

Committee of the Whole

Entire Senate debates bill, offers amendments and votes on passage to Final Action.

Final Action

Bill is voted on by entire House with votes recorded.

Final Action

Bill is voted on by entire Senate with votes recorded.

Passing Bills

Are sent to opposite house for action.

Conference Committee

Appointed if both chambers do not agree on bill in the same form.
Compromise is voted on by both chambers.

Governor's Consideration

Approves or vetoes bill. May also "hold" bill for 10 days and allow it to become law without signature.

Veto Override

Both chambers must pass by a two-thirds majority vote to override.