1. Research how a bill becomes a law. Make a diagram/drawing/flowchart that shows the steps that a bill must take in order for it to become a law in the state of Georgia.
Use a search engine to find “how a bill becomes a law” to find different examples. (Students may use their own ingenuity to show this process. They could do it individually or as a group. It could also be done on the computer.)
2. How does compromise work in getting a bill through the legislature?
If you want something passed, you must get help from other legislators. You have to give a little and get a little. You do not always get everything you want in a bill. Legislators help each other in order to get each of their bills passed.
3. Explain why our system of creating laws makes compromise necessary in order to get a bill passed.
Legislators must work together so that laws will get enough votes to pass. Every part of a state or country wants/needs different laws to benefit their way of life. In order to get enough votes to get a particular bill passed, a legislator must ask other lawmakers to help him/her: vote for their bill. In return, the legislator who asked for help returns the favor when the other needs votes for their bill. Our system of government has a requirement that the majority rules. A bill cannot pass just because a few people want it. In order for most bills to pass, there has to be a working relationship between lawmakers. That way everyone has a chance to get their bill passed for what they think their community needs.