HOW A BILL BECOMES A LAW U.S. GOVERNMENT LESSON
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America is run by many rules. These rules are called laws. There are thousands of laws. Some laws are small laws that only affect certain areas. These laws affect specific cities or states. Other laws are bigger. These laws affect the entire country.
Laws are not just picked and made by one person. In truth, the government has developed a large process. This process must be followed to make a law. A law starts out as an idea and has to work its way up to being a law. The process can be a long one but all laws have to go through it.
Laws begin as an idea. Anyone has the ability to create an idea that could later become a law. Once a person has that idea, they go and tell other people. This makes sense because when someone comes up with a good idea it is natural to want to tell other people. The idea will not have a chance to become a law until someone tells the right people. If you have a great idea and want it to become a law then you would need to tell a congressperson.
If the congressperson you speak to likes your idea then it will have a chance to go even further. If the congressperson likes the idea enough, they will sponsor your idea. This means that they will take your idea and tell other congress people and lawmakers.
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