Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

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December 10, 2013

How a bill becomes a law

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The Senate is then able to make amendments as well, however the House would still have to agree to those amendments. If the House refuses to give their consent, a conference committee is established to work out the differences, with two members from the House and two members from the Senate. All four members must sign the conference committee report, and then it must be passed by both the House and Senate.

In the final stage of the process, the bill is sent to the governor. The governor sends each bill he receives to the attorney general so that it can be examined for legality. Once he gets the “go-ahead” from the attorney general, the governor can either sign the bill or, if he does not sign it within seven days, it becomes law without his signature. Unless otherwise specified in the bill, all new laws become effective July 31 of that same year.

As you can see, this is a very extensive process. Each bill is given an in-depth look and vetted through the same manner. In fact, the process is so strenuous that on average, only two or three of every 10 measures introduced survives the course to become law. When a bill is passed in the Indiana legislature, you can rest assured that it was given proper inspection and assessed not only on its merits but also its lawfulness.

Rep. Frye (R-Greensburg) represents Ohio and Switzerland counties, as well as portions of Ripley, Decatur, Jennings, Jefferson and Dearborn counties.

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