How a Bill Becomes a Law in New England
Not every state can afford to have a cartoon or song created by Schoolhouse Rock about their legislative process, but each state does have this information online. Below are links to state government websites about how a bill becomes a law. While the steps are different in each of the New England states, the links below can help you understand the process.
The main entry point for citizens interested to know how a bill becomes a law in CT is the Citizen’s Guide page on the state’s main legislative website. The website includes videos, PDFs and HTML pages that explain the legislative process in CT.
Below are links to three webpages about how a bill becomes a law in Maine. The first link contains a basic overview. The second link is a more detailed account of the process. The third link is specifically written for children.
The only description of the Massachusetts Legislative Process which is found on the Legislature’s website is written specifically for teachers and students. Beyond the Legislature’s website, however, there are several descriptions of the process which can be found online. For example, the Massachusetts Bar Association hosts a detailed explanation of the process on their site and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Public Employee Retirement Administration Commission has a .pdf of a useful guide to the process online, as well.
Below are links to two webpages about how a bill becomes a law in New Hampshire. The first link contains a description of each stage of the process. The second link provides specific information how technology has improved the voting process in the New Hampshire House of Representatives.
Below are links to two webpages about how a bill becomes a law in Rhode Island. The first link contains a basic overview while the second is specifically written for children.
Below are links to four webpages about how a bill becomes a law in Vermont. The first link describes the legislative staff and the steps of the legislative process. The second link is an infographic with a short description of each step a bill goes through on its way to becoming a law. The third link is a brief flowchart showing the basic process. The final link is a site designed for kids identifying the steps from bill to law, brief descriptions of each step, and a glossary of legislative terms.