The Must Do's and Important Don'ts of Nonprofit Advocacy (handout 2 of 5)

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Courtney Read Hoffman, Owner, CRH Capitol Communications and Jason Sabo, Founder, Frontera Strategies

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The Must Do's and Important Don'ts of Nonprofit Advocacy (handout 2 of 5)

  1. 1. The Texas Legislative Process for HouseTexas and Resolutions The Legislative Process in Bills Diagram of Legislative Process This diagram displays the sequential flow of a bill from the time it is introduced in the house ofThis diagram displays the sequential final of a bill from the time it is introduced in the House of Representatives to final passage and transmittal representatives to flow passage and transmittal to the governor.to the Governor. A bill introduced in the Senate would follow the same procedure in reverse. HOUSE SENATE Bill introduced, numbered, read 1st time, and Engrossed bill received, read 1st time, and referred to committee by Speaker referred to committee by Lt. Governor Committee studies bill, posts notice of hearing, holds Committee studies bill, posts notice of public hearing, public hearing or acts in formal meeting resulting in holds public hearing resulting in Favorable report with Unfavorable report Unfavorable report Favorable report with Bill may be revived Bill may be revived by Substitute by minority report minority report on Substitute No No or or Amendment on motion adopted by motion adopted by Amendment Amendment majority vote of House majority vote of Senate Amendment Bill printed on committee report and distributed (1st printing) Bill printed and distributed Bill goes to Calendars Committee for assignment to a calendar Bill brought up for consideration on floor by 2/3 vote of Senate to suspend rules Second reading, debate, amendment by majority vote and passage to third reading Second reading, debate, amendment by majority vote and passage to third reading Third reading, debate, amendment by 2/3 vote and final passage by House Third reading, amendment by 2/3 vote and final passage by Senate Amendments are engrossed into text of bill If amended, returned If not amended to House as amended House engrossed text with Senate amendments printed and distributed (2nd printing) House refuses to concur, House concurs in Senate requests appointment of amendment on motion Conference Committee adopted by majority vote Senate grants request for Conference Committee (committee consists of 5 members from each house)Conference Committee report filed and adopted withoutchange by each house (report limited to matters in disagreement between the two houses) Bill Enrolled Signed by Speaker Signed by Lt. Governor in presence of House in presence of Senate Sent to Governor Governor Governor Governor signs refuses to vetoes bill sign bill bill Bill Veto overridden by Bill does becomes 2/3 vote of House not become law and Senate law

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