Consideration by Committee
How Does a Bill Become Law?
the bill – killing it by refusing to pass it out
of committee (most bills)
“report bill out of committee favorably” with
recommendation it be passed – returning it to floor of
Senate or House
“mark up” bill – amend or change it
scrapping the bill – writing an entirely new one
“report a bill out unfavorably” – sending it to floor of
Senate or House, not wanting responsibility for killing
Committee action, cont.
After studying bill and debating its merits, committee
has these options –