Module 1: Understanding the Legislative Process
By the end of this module, occupational therapy practitioners and students will:
Define the three branches of government
Describe the general roles of the branches of government in creating legislation and the general steps of how a bill becomes a law
Demonstrate the process of identifying one’s own legislators(s)
Discriminate the legislators’ roles in the branches of government
Evaluate legislator’s committee and/or legislative history
Create an action plan and/or applying to vote in upcoming general election
Confused about construct of the federal government? Learn more about the executive, legislative and judicial branches.
It is important that you know who represents your voice in federal and state governments. Did you know a third of U.S. Congress is up for re-election every two years? Learn more about how your legislators are.
Sometimes it feels like it can take forever for a bill to become a law. Well, there are many steps to the process! Learn more about how an idea is started, how a bill moves through Congress, and how it becomes a law.
It's important to register to vote and to obtain an absentee ballot by necessary deadlines if a college student. Learn more about resources available to you about voting processes in your state.
To learn more about how to assist your clients with voting and state by state voting rights, please visit module 3 or click here.
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