How a bill becomes a law

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  • This program deciphers the legislative process by explaining how an idea metamorphoses into a law. In interviews, prominent legislators and lobbyists explain how a bill is conceived, moved through the House and Senate or killed in committee, amended, prepared for a vote, and sent for the President or Governor's signature.


  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on May 12, 2005.
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  • Democracy and Separation of Powers (3:04) -- Legislative Branch: Lawmaking (4:04) -- Bill Introduction and Committee (2:41) -- Getting a Bill Out of Committee (5:15) -- Evaluation and Floor Vote (4:15) -- Revision, Full Vote, and the President (3:05) -- Does the Lawmaking System Work? (3:34)
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