Reading of Bills (CongressionalGlossary.com)

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Reading of Bills

Reading comics., by Ollie Crafoord

Reading comics., by Ollie Crafoord

Traditional parliamentary procedure required bills to be read three times before they were passed. This custom is of little modern significance. Normally a bill is considered to have its first reading when it is introduced and printed, by title, in the Congressional Record. In the House, its second reading comes when floor consideration begins. (This is the most likely point at which there is an actual reading of the bill, if there is any.) The second reading in the Senate is supposed to occur on the legislative day after the measure is introduced but before it is referred to committee. The third reading (again, usually by title) takes place when floor action has been completed on amendments.

Also see Bills Introduced; § 6.20, Drafting and Introducing Legislation, in Congressional Deskbook.

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