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In order for a bill to become a law it must go through a step-by-step process First the bill is introduced into congress by one of its members Following that the bill is then referred to the appropriate standing committee with jurisdiction over the subject matter and then assigned to subcommittee for mark-up If the bill is successfully voted out of committee then it will be sent to the House Rules Committee for a rule or submitted for unanimous consent in the Senate After the bill is sent to the State Printing Division where it is printed and returned to House of Representatives for its first reading The committee reviews the bill and holds public hearings In order for the bill to go to the House floor for a final vote or be reported out of committee a committee report is signed by the committee chair and delivered to the Chief Clerk of the house The bill now back in the house of origin has its second reading Then it has its third reading which is its final recitation before the vote This is the time the body debates the measure To pass the bill must receive votes of a majority of the members 31 in the House 16 in the Senate If the bill is passed by a majority of the House members it is sent to the Senate After the bill has passed both houses in the identical form it is signed by three officers the Speaker of the House the Senate President and the Chief Clerk of the House or Secretary of the Senate depending on where the bill originated The enrolled bill is then sent to the President if he signs it it finally becomes a law but if he does not sign it and he vetoes it it can still become a law if the congress approves it by a two-thirds vote
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