Friday, March 3, 2017


Curious about how ideas get transformed into legislation? About Climate Change bills in the Oregon legislature?  The newsletter from our State Representative, Debby Boone, takes you inside the statehouse.

About the legislative process:  "Tuesday was generally the deadline to introduce bills for consideration this legislative session.  After introduced by a Representative, a bill is assigned to a house committee, where public hearings and work sessions are held, during which time amendments can be added.  Not all bills receive a work session, but this is when a proposed bill receives its first vote, and if approved by committee, is referred to the chamber floor.  If a majority of all members vote to pass the bill, it then moves across to the Senate, where the same committee process begins again.  If the bill is amended by the Senate, after approval on the Senate floor, it must come back to the House for another vote on the amended version.   A bill that is introduced by a Senator works through the same procedure, starting on the Senate side before moving to the House.   If the final version of the bill is approved by both chambers, it then goes to the Governor’s desk, where she can veto it, sign it, or let it sit on her desk for five days before it becomes law without the Governor’s signature."