How Do You Write a Bill?


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A bill is made up of three parts: the preamble, body and enactment clause. A preamble should consist of your reasons for the bill, the body proposes the idea and the enactment clause specifies the date when the bill may come into effect.

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  1. Write the preamble

    After doing all the necessary research for your topic, begin the bill by writing the preamble. A preamble should initiate clear reasoning that describes why the bill is necessary. Include examples, and begin every clause with "Whereas."

  2. Develop the body

    The body of the bill should be organized into sections and appropriate subsections. This is where you propose ideas for implementation followed by subsections that provide further detail, such as definitions of terms.

  3. Finalize the enactment clause

    Finish the bill with an enactment clause. This clause informs your congressmen when the bill may take effect if passed. Do this by either setting a specific date or indicating a certain number of days after the bill passes for it to go into effect. An enactment clause may be formatted as a normal section in the bill. Enactment dates within 30 days tend to be for emergency legislation, while passage dates beyond 90 days tend to be more commonly used.

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