The Life of a Bill: The Legislative Process

Originally published in the RLC Newsletter, April, 2013

 state leg process

The length of time it takes for a bill to be proposed and passed into law can vary tremendously, but here’s some information about the basic framework:

What Can YOU Do?

If you live in Massachusetts, you can find out the name and contact information for your legislator by going to, or calling the Clerk’s Office of the House (617-722-2356) or the Senate (617-722-1276) 

To read the text of any current or proposed bill OR to keep track of public hearing notices, go to or call the office of the sponsoring legislator.