How Law New Is Made

Law new

Each new piece of legislation starts as an idea. That idea may come from a senator or from elsewhere, like a constituent who raises an issue, an organization that calls for a law or a State official. The idea is then drafted into a bill by legislative staff. It is important for a new policy to be properly drafted so that it will work in practice.

Once a bill has been drafted, it is submitted to the Senate for consideration. The Senate usually has a number of committees that consider the various components of a new piece of legislation. Often, the bill is passed by one or more committees and then sent to the full Senate for a vote.

If a bill is passed, the Governor has 10 days to sign it into law or veto it. If the Governor does not sign a bill into law within the 10-day period, it becomes law automatically. If the Governor does veto a bill, it can be overridden by two-thirds of each house of the Legislature.

A lot of legislation concerns property. Real property is land, while personal property refers to movable things such as cars, jewellery and computers. Property laws also include rules about contracts, mortgages and leases. The most basic principle of property law is that a person has a right in rem to own something or at least to be able to possess it.