A Bill Becomes a Law
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Unit 2
Legislative Lingo
Strategies and Power Plays
Exceptions to the Rule
Stats, Quirks, and Examples
The Legislative Junkie

Legislative Lingo

Unit 2

Co-Sponsorship: Adding a member's name to a piece of legislation to show support.

Omnibus Legislation: A bill that combines a number of disparate subjects into one proposal.

Problem: There is no universally accepted definition of a societal problem. Problems generally result when one's preferences for a "good society" are not being met and with the recognition that government action might improve the situation. (see "Strategies and Power Plays")

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Home Unit 1: Introduction Unit 2: From Problems to Solutions Unit 3: Origin of Bills Unit 4: Bill Drafting and Floor Introduction Unit 5: Referral to Committee Unit 6: Subcommittee Review Unit 7: Mark-up and Subcommittee Voting Unit 8: Committee Action Unit 9: Scheduling Floor Consideration Unit 10: Floor Debate Unit 11: Floor Votes Unit 12: Ironing Out Differences Unit 13: Presidential Action and Congressional Reaction Unit 14: The Legislative Processes