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How a Bill Becomes a Law

Monday, April 3rd, 2017


Today we will dramatize how a bill becomes a law. We are studying Exploring Government by Ray Notgrass, and this is the second post in our high school government series. We are having so much fun as we re-enact many essential concepts about government. This book has helped me (as a parent) understand government better than I’ve ever understood it before.

So without further ado, here is our second government video…

How a Bill Becomes a Law (Video Demonstration)

Costumes and Props in the Skit

My daughter dressed up as a bill. We used poster board and wrote the word “bill” on it. We also gave her a three-cornered hat just for character. We had a congress and a president. The congress sat on chairs and held up Facebook likes (or un-likes) to represent their votes for or against the bill. The president was dressed as the Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland (no insult intended to our current president…)


This is How a Bill Becomes a Law:

  1. A bill originates in the House of Representatives or the Senate. One of the members takes his proposed bill and gives it to the clerk. The clerk assigns it a number and sends it to the proper committee.
  2. The committee deliberates on the bill and proposes amendments to it, and if the committee approves, it is sent back to the House of Representatives.
  3. If the bill passes the House, it goes to the Senate. If it passes the Senate, it is sent to the President.
  4. The President can then either veto or sign it. If he vetoes it, the bill goes back to the House and the Senate. Only if the bill gets a two-thirds majority in both houses will the veto be overridden. Then it becomes a law anyways.
  5. Or if the President signs a bill, then it becomes a law.


I hope you enjoyed our demonstration of how a bill becomes a law. Stay tuned for next week’s post: Preamble to the Constitution!

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