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How A Bill Becomes A Law

Reaching a Deal

There are many hurdles for a bill to become a law. 

View the steps in Maryland on how a bill becomes a law.

Detailed pdf on how a bill becomes a law.

  1. A Bill is Introduced. Bills have sponsors. There is a House bill and a corresponding Bill in the Senate. Both bills must pass each chamber before the Governor signs the bill into a law.

  2. A Committee decides if a bill continues. If the committee votes favorably then a bill continues to 3 readings in each chamber. Committees and especially their chairs are powerful and put an end to a bill long before your representative gets to vote on it.

  3. There will be committee hearings for each bill. If you would like to provide testimony, contact Susan Kerin for information. Click here to learn more about how to testify on a bill. 

  4. House of Delegates votes on the bill

  5. Senate votes on the bill

  6. Govenor signs or vetoes the bill

Without broad support many bills fail to ever become laws. We need your help!

Important Legislative session dates.

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