Confused as to what a particular bill means?
Below is an example of a bill with important parts highlighted and numbered. Refer to this example and the descriptions below when reading bills.
1. Bill Number: Bills are assigned numbers in their respective chambers by the Clerk. A bill is numbered in the order it is introduced. Senate or House Bill 50 would be the 50th bill introduced in that respective chamber.
HB = House Bill
HJ = House Joint Resolutions
HR = House Resolutions
SB = Senate Bills
SJ = Senate Joint Resolutions
SR = Senate Resolutions
2. Title of Bill: This is the title of the bill
3. Patron: The Patron is the legislative member that is sponsoring the bill. On an actual bill, you may click on the Patron's name to contact him or her and give your feedback about the particular bill.
4. Summary as introduced: The summary is a brief introduction to the bill. If you read through the summary of the bill and if you have questions about a bill or would like further explanation help is available to help you understand a bill and how to get involved. Click here to email your question.
5. Full text: This provides a link to the full description of the bill when it was first drafted. As the bill goes through the General Assembly, changes are made and additional links to the bill are provided as the bill changes. Each draft is dated.
6. Status: You can track the life of a bill as it goes through the General Assembly. A date and a brief description of the status of the bill are provided in chronological order- the last entry being the latest status of the bill. In some cases you can click on the description to get the full details about the status. Click here to learn more about How a Bill Becomes a Law.