The Legislative Process

Legislation may be filed by members of the House and Senate and by the Governor. The state constitution also allows citizens to ask their legislators to present bills “by request” (these bills do not necessarily have the support of the legislators who file them). The annual general appropriation act, which originates in the Governor’s office, is filed in the House, which considers it first. “Money bills,” which raise revenue, cannot be considered by the Senate until approved by the House. With those exceptions, any other legislation may be considered first by either branch.

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