Monday, June 07, 2010

How a Bill Becomes A Law

Via Andrew Sullivan comes this handy chart for how a bill becomes a law. What's striking, of course, is how many of the things listed in this chart do not apply in the New York State legislature. Under "Committee Work," we'd have to get rid of hearings devoted to the bill in almost all cases, of course, as well as "mark-up," "final reading," and "report." And then there's introduction of amendments, voting on amendments, public debate, confirmation from an independent budget office that "the bill adheres to spending and revenue constraints," "conference committees," etc., etc. How many bills in New York go through even a majority of the items listed on this chart?

1 comment:

Al said...

Thanks for sharing an interesting and informative post.