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 www.malegislature.gov/People/Search, www.wheredoivotema.com/ 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 www.malegislature.gov or call the office of the sponsoring legislator.