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Flores 1A bill has to go through many different stages before it can become a law Each year Congress considers thousands of bills Only a few hundred of these will become laws The rest are destroyed by congressional committees by negative voters in one or both houses of Congress or by presidential vetoes The process by which a bill becomes a law is complicated and may require a lot of effortEvery bill starts with an idea Some ideas come from members of congress and citizens who write to their representatives suggest To be considered by congress however ideas for bills must be sponsored by a representative Then they will debate the bill The rules for debate are complicated In some cases the house speeds up the debate process by meeting as a Committee of the Whole a special gathering of all house members The rules for debating within a committee are more informal so debates can proceed more quickly and easilyVoting and final revisions are the next step After a bill has been debated it is brought to a vote Voting is done in one of three ways The simplest way is a voice vote in which everyone who supports a bill is asked to say yea or nay A voice vote is usually used for bills that are clearly popular or unpopular A more exact method of voting is the standing vote This type members are asked to stand up when in support or opposition A third roll call vote Each members name is called individually and heshe is asked to say yea nay or present Present means no opinionThe governor signs the bill then it becomes a law ninety days after the end of the session However there is an exception If the legislature attaches the emergency clause an passes the bill by a 23 vote the bill becomes a law instantly The governor may veto the bill This keeps it from
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