Illustration by Todd Adams, photos by Scott Sommerdorf, Chris Detrick, & Al Hartmann
Speaker of the House
represents District 51
House Majority Leader
represents District 15
House Minority Leader
represents District 28
President of the Senate
represents District 9
Senate Majority Leader
represents District 24
represents District 3
A bill is prepared by the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel. Bills can originate in either body.
The bill is introduced in the House and referred to the House Rules Committee.
The House Rules Commitee recommends the bill be assigned to a committee.
The bill receives a fiscal note, which estimates the financial effects of the proposed legislation on state and local government.
The House standing committee hears the bill. Citizens can testify. There is a debate in the House and a final vote on the bill.
If the bill is passed, it is sent to the Senate, introduced and referred to the Senate Rules Committee, which recommends an assignment.
The Senate standing committee hears the bill. Citizens can testify. There is a debate in the Senate and a final vote on the bill.
The bill is signed by the president of the Senate and returned to the House for signing by the speaker.
The bill is sent to the governor for signature or veto. A signed bill becomes law.