How Do Legislators Come up with Laws?

If you are reading this, you must have been born into an already established society with a diplomatic civilization and with solid and concrete laws already set forth.

Anatomy of Law Making

Have you ever wondered about the actual lawmaking process? What do legislators go through in order to pass a bill and get the Head of State sign it to officially turn it into a law?

Legislators Come up with Laws

Law-Idea Generation

It always starts with an idea. A law is first an idea before it is processed into a commandment.

It has been an idea formed in a legislator’s mind while thinking of what will be good for us and how to keep us out of harm’s way and keep our lives in healthy shape.

The legislator, on his own or together with a group of his fellow legislators, drafts this idea into a bill. They make extensive researches for writing this bill.

Law Proposal Writing

The written bill proposal then follows. The primary legislative bill author seeks sponsors in the form of support from other lawmakers.

Upon gathering and garnering enough support from the members of the Congress, the bill is then introduced to the committee of experts whose members’ qualifications depend on of the nature of the law to be passed on and the field it covers. Does it have something to do with the agricultural sector, the education industry or commerce?

Just as it takes a lengthy amount of time to draft and finalize the law to be passed on, so do its research, review, and revision, based on the discussions and arguments that arise from it. The bill is meticulously and exhaustively examined for it to be able to make to the floor of the House of Representatives. Reaching the House floor depends on the approval of the authorizing committee.

Passing of the Law

Upon reaching an agreement approving the law to be passed on to the House floor, it is then reported and debated over.

After which, the bill is in for voting. After acquiring the plurality of votes from the Lower House of Representatives, it is sent to the Senate whose members also go through the process of voting for or against the pending law approval.

This, as concisely as it may have been presented in this article, comprises the day job of our elected lawmakers.

Now, let us say, for the sake of this discussion, that it is favored by the majority of the members of the Senate. The bill moves on to the hands of the Head of State.

Finally, the Decisive Signature from the Highest Public Office

Legislators and LawsSo, the bill has endured a lot of legal procedures. It is almost there. It is so close to being part of the body of laws that govern the country.

The President now has the toughest job of picking amongst three decisions which he can make.

He can shove it in his pedestal and do completely nothing about it. In this case, the bill automatically becomes a law after 10 days if the Congress is in session; else, it remains a bill and one that is ignored by the President at that.

He can choose to veto the bill and send it back to the Congress attached with his reasons for refusal to sign.

Lastly, he can sign and pass the bill into officially becoming a law.

Final Thoughts

The laws governing us and the society where we live in are thoroughly thought out, debated over, fought for, and finally approved by the highest office of the country, in order to secure our human rights, ensure our physical safety, shelter us from attacks from within or outside the borders and ascertain that events and actions happening around are within reason and bound by justice.

This is more than enough reason for us to respect the laws of the land in every manner as a dutiful citizen will do.

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The Essence of Existence of the Law

We are not expected to gain expertise in the law inside out. That is what schooled, professional legal practitioners are for.

Yet as dwellers of the land who make use of its resources in order to live, we may want to consider contributing to the land that nurses us by being less indifferent about the intricate and difficult arena of law.

Be more concerned about at least knowing what the law is for and the gist of how it works, i.e., know enough to be able to help in protecting it in the event that it may be threatened or challenged.

Essence of Law

Law and the Society

The laws are a binding force, major and essential at that, amongst the people, the society, and the entire humanity. They are composed, structured, written and implemented for governance of peace, quiet and unity. Their creation by men has a lengthy history that goes way back in the dawn of civilization.

They are binding and are present to regulate the members of the society and their actions. They are not limitless but are powerful and reliable enough to oversee within reason and jurisdiction the safety and well-being of a country as a whole. The laws are anchored in justice.

Therefore, they are constructed to modulate our actions, as human beings and as members of a State, and are modified accordingly should drastic changes and events happen to the society. Otherwise, the world would be anarchical, free of boundaries and limitations, and hence would not be a pleasant domicile to inhabit.

People would act according to their individual and personal principles and reasons. We would do harm to others should circumstances ask for it. We would be free, too free, to a fault.

The laws are at our disposal to generate and regulate healthy relationship with our village neighbor, and on a larger, global scale, between one country and the neighboring other. They are the reasons why people do not act as per their selfish interests and desires.

The laws entail the prevalence and recognition of human rights. They bring forth justice should these rights be trampled on. They command respect from one and the other. No one is above them.

Knowing the Law and What You Get out of It

Law and SocietyRegardless of which industry or business you are in, you are first and foremost a human being and a citizen of a country. Many forms of injustice are quietly and dangerously lurking around. Even in the most tranquil of places such as retirement and nursing homes, the elderly may find themselves in need of a hospital bedsores attorney.

You can better protect yourself and your loved ones if you know the law and your rights granted and protected by the law. You may be under a government who has obligations to keep each one of its constituents secure but you, as an individual, have rights and along with these rights, come to the responsibility of finding your security too. Else, it would be negligence on your part.

Ignorance of the law excuses no one, so they say. Knowing the law also veers you away from unintentionally breaking it in any case. Read. Be informed.

Being knowledgeable of the law helps you become a better citizen who is respectful of others and their rights. Therefore, you can be more and better contribution to the society. It means you can be entrusted to abide by and adhere to the rules of law.

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