ERIC Number: ED174552
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
How Our Laws Are Made. 95th Congress, 1st Session, House of Representatives.
Zinn, Charles J.; Willett, Edward F., Jr.
A nontechnical outline of the Federal lawmaking process is presented, from the origin of an idea for a legislative proposal to its publication as a statute. Seventeen chapters comprise the document. Chapters I through VII examine the structure of the Congress, sources of legislation, forms of congressional action, committee processes, reported bills, and legislative reviews by standing committees. Joint, concurrent, and simple resolutions, committee and public hearings, proxy voting, and the contents, filing, and availability of reports and hearings are discussed. Chapters IX through XII consider calendars, obtaining consideration of measures, consideration, engrossment, and messages to the Senate. Specific topics include union, house, consent, and private calendars, special resolutions, motions to discharge a committee or to suspend rules, House action, quorum and roll calls, voting, pairing of members, and the system of lights and bells. Chapters XIII through XVII discuss Senate action, final action on an amended bill, enrollment, presidential action, and publication. Committee considerations, chamber procedure, conferences, the veto message, "slip laws" (the first official publication of the statute), statutes at large, and the United States code are examined. Samples of introduced print, reported print, a House committee report, an engrossed bill, and enrolled bill signed by the President, the slip law, a copy of an act which became law without presidential approval, and one which became law after a presidential veto are included. (KC)
Descriptors: Citizenship, Federal Government, Federal Legislation, Government Role, Hearings, Laws, Legislators, Postsecondary Education, Presidents, Secondary Education, Social Studies
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402 (stock number 052-071-00547-1, $1.50)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on the Judiciary.