There are many stages in how a bill becomes a law, including the introduction and referral of a bill, committee consideration, calendars and scheduling, House and Senate floor actions, executive business in the Senate, bicameral resolution, and presidential actions.
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The ASU Library subscribes to ProQuest Legislative Insight to provide fulltext access to legislative histories. This help guide explains the legislative process in detail and provides tips for working within this resource.
Rulemaking is the policy-making process for Executive and Independent agencies of the Federal government. Agencies use this process to develop and issue Rules (Rules are also referred to as “regulations”).
From the Law Librarians' Society of Washington, DC: "Federal administrative law primarily concerns the powers and procedures of Federal administering agencies in relation to the public (but usually not in criminal matters). It is Congress that grants general and specific powers to various Federal agencies through enabling legislation as well the general laws for their fair and orderly administration. These executive powers are often quasi-legislative in nature (via rules and regulations applicable to a class of persons or organizations) or quasi-judicial in nature (via orders, adjudications and decisions involving particular persons or organizations). The given powers are also subject to judicial review and interpretation."