American government II

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In Texas, how a bill becomes a law is quite similar in both houses, so to expedite the process, it may be introduced in both chambers at the same time. Either way, the introduction of the bill is brought to the floor and assigned a number corresponding to which chamber it was introduced in. (for example, if it was in the senate it could be assigned as Senate Bill 22 or SB 11; House Bill 11 or HB 11) Next, either the lieutenant governor or the speaker of the house, again depending on which chamber it was introduced in or if they were together, would assign a committee to the bill. This committee would normally break down into a subcommittee, on some instances committees would stay whole, which would make changes to the bill then send the bill back to the whole committee for review. The next step is to get the proposed bill on the calendar, which can be done if a motion is made to suspend the regular calendar and consider the bill out of sequence. Then, the bill makes it way to the floor and needs a majority vote. After, it is introduced to the next chamber and goes through the same process. If by chance, the either chamber make a change then the Lieutenant governor appoints five senators and five representatives to sit on a conference committee. The compromised bill needs the majority votes of the conference committee before it must get both chambers' approval once more. Finally, it goes to the governor who has three choices: 1) sign and it becomes law in ninety days or sooner 2) not to sign but become law in either 10-20 days depending on if legislature is in session 3) veto.