How a Bill Becomes a Law

Let's learn how a bill becomes a law, and while you're at it, start thinking of how ideas that can impact OT!

 
 
  Image: QuestGarden.com, 2017

Image: QuestGarden.com, 2017

Easy-to-Read Handout

This one-page handout, which is published by PBS, provides an easy-to-follow flow chart for how ideas are introduced and how they progress through Congress.  Briefly, an idea can be introduced in the House or Senate, and then are assigned a bill number (e.g. H.R.##, or S.##).  The bill then goes to committee where it is revised and support is solicited.  Once passed in the chamber, it will need to pass on the other side before going to the President.  You will be re-directed to PBS.org in a new window when you click the button below.

 
  Image: PBS.org, 2017

Image: PBS.org, 2017

Crash course video

PBS has published a variety of videos to help better understand the 3 branches of government.  The YouTube channel offers "crash course" videos, most of which are under 10 minutes long, to better meet the learning needs of auditory learners.  This 7-minute video specifically describes the process for how a bill becomes a law. You will be re-directed to YouTube in a new window when you click the button below.