How to Find Bills
If you know which Chamber the bill originated in and the bill number it should be fairly simple to access the bill and synopsis online unless it was created prior to the 138th General Assembly.
If you don't know the originating Chamber or the number, you can still search by the subject of the bill. Occasionally you may have to try different search words (i.e. Guns, firearms, weapons, etc)
The Bill Tracker and Search is found here.
Types of Bills
Life of a Bill
1. Introduction into either the House or Senate Chamber
2. Assigned to a Committee that is relevant to its subject, the Committee debates the bill and decides whether to release the bill as is or if changes need to be made.
3. When the bill is released from Committee, it goes back to the originating chamber where it is voted on. Amendments can be added that change certain parts or they may be technical amendments to correct grammer or wording.
4. If the bill passes the originating Chamber either in it's original state or with amendments, it will then move onto the other Chamber where it is assigned to a Committee to be debated.
5. Once released from Committee, the bill will be voted upon and amendments can be added. If amendments are added (or a substitute is created) it will have to go back to its originating chamber to be voted on again.
6. Once a bill passes both Chambers it needs the Governor's signature to become law or the Governor can veto the bill.