Teach With TVW: How a Bill Becomes a Law in Washington

Learn how a bill becomes a law in Washington State and some key differences in the legislative process on the state and federal levels.

Discussion questions:

  • Where do the ideas for bills come from? Who can draft a bill in WA? Who can introduce a bill?
  • Can bills in WA have more than one subject? Why or why not?
  • What are four things that can happen to a bill during a committee’s executive session?
  • What is a fiscal note and how does it affect the legislative process?
  • What is the Rules Committee? Why is it called “The Gatekeeper”?
  • What happens if the governor refuses to sign a bill?
  • Why is it difficult to pass legislation in Washington state? What are some of the ways in which a bill can “die” in the process?


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