Synopsis by Elizabeth Smith
American legislation must usually survive a lengthy, complicated process before it can ever become law. This program takes students in grades six and up through the various stages that a successful bill must pass through. As this video reveals, once a legislator has drafted a bill, it usually goes to both house and senate committees for analysis and review. If it survives this stage, a conference committee will meet to resolve any remaining conflicts in the bill between the major parties. Finally, if the bill doesn't die in committee, it's sent back to both the House and Senate for a final vote. If the required number of votes are obtained, it must next go to the President for his signature before it can become law.