Name_________________________________________ Period____________ HOW A BILL BECOMES A LAW PROJECT OUTLINE Directions: Use this handout to help you keep track of the research on your bill. You will turn in this completed form on Friday, October 16th after our days in the lab. If you cannot complete this handout after two days in the lab, you DID NOT use your time wisely. Your Bill in the House: 1. What term of Congress is your law from? 2. What is the “short name” for your law? 3. Who introduced your bill in the House? (name, party and state) 4. On what date was your bill introduced? 5. Did your bill have any co-sponsors? If so, how many? (If three or less, list their names, party and state) 6. Were any of your bill’s sponsors/co-sponsors from Alabama? If so, who? 7. What H.R. number was given to your bill? 8. To which standing committee(s) of the House was your bill sent? On what date? 9. Was your bill assigned to a subcommittee? If so, which one? On what date? 10. On what day did the committee report favorably on the bill? 11. Were any markup sessions held? If so, when? 12. When was your bill sent to the Rules Committee? 13. When was your bill scheduled for floor action? (date) 14. When was debate held on your bill? 15. When was your bill voted on? (date) 16. What type of vote was it? (voice, roll call, standing). 17. Did Spencer Bachus vote for or against the bill? (may be hard to find if it was a voice vote) 18. What was the final vote count? (YEAS, NAYS) Name_________________________________________ Period____________ Your Bill in the Senate: 1. When was your bill announced on the floor? 2. Who announced it? (name, party, state) Were there any co-sponsors? Were any from Alabama? If so, who? 3. What S. # was assigned to your bill? 4. What was its short name? 5. To what Senate standing committee was your bill sent? On what date? 6. Was your bill referred to any subcommittees? If so, which ones? 7. When did the committee report favorably on the bill? (date) 8. When did the Senate debate on your bill? 9. Did anything other than debate happen? (amendments on the floor, filibuster, cloture vote?) When? 10. When was your bill voted on? (date) 11. What type of vote was it? (voice, roll call, standing, etc.) 12. Did either of Alabama’s senators vote for it? If so, which one(s)? Conference Action: 1. Did your bill pass the House and the Senate in different forms? (If no, go to Presidential Action section) 2. If so, when was it referred to a conference committee? 3. If it went to a conference committee, when did the committee send its version to both the House and Senate? (date) 4. When did the House vote on the new version? 5. When did the Senate vote on the new version? Presidential Action: 1. When was the House version of your bill cleared for and sent to the White House? 2. When was the Senate version of your bill cleared for and sent to the White House? 3. When did the President sign your bill? 4. What was the Public Law # for your bill?
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