Passage of a House Bill


  1. Introduction in the House, first reading, and referral to appropriate committee.
  2. Committee hearings, discussion, etc. Bill may die in committee from lack of action or by vote.
  3. Reported from committee, second reading, and placement on calendar.
  4. Amendments, debate, third reading and vote on passage.
  5. If bill passes, it is sent to the Senate. If not, bill may receive no further consideration, unless reconsidered.
  6. First reading and referral to appropriate committee in the Senate.
  7. Committee hearings, discussion, etc. Bill may die in committee from lack of action or by vote.
  8. Reported from committee, second reading, and placement on calendar.
  9. Amendment, debate, third reading and vote on passage. If it fails to pass, it may receive no further consideration, unless reconsidered.
  10. If bill passes in identical form by both houses, it is returned to House, enrolled, signed by presiding officers of both bodies, and sent to the Governor.
    10A. If bill passes with a Senate amendment and the House concurs, it is enrolled, signed by presiding officers of both bodies, and sent to the Governor.
    10B. If bill passes with a Senate amendment and the House does not concur, bill may be sent to conference committee composed of members of both bodies.
  11. If conference committee agrees to a compromise, report of conference committee is sent to both bodies. If not, bill dies from lack of action or another conference committee may be appointed to try to resolve differences.
  12. If both bodies accept compromise, bill is enrolled, signed by the presiding officers of both bodies, and sent to the Governor.
  13. BILL BECOMES LAW:
    1. If Governor signs;
    2. If Governor fails to sign while Legislature is in session, as provided by the Constitution; or
    3. If, having been vetoed by Governor, it is repassed by a majority vote of both bodies. If not repassed, bill is dead.