Social Studies - 2018-19

CE.7c - Lawmaking Process at the State Level

The student will apply social science skills to understand the American constitutional government at the state level by

c) explaining and/or simulating the lawmaking process;

Adopted: 2015



Members of the Virginia General Assembly are elected to make state laws.

Citizens learn the lawmaking process and influence public policy through direct participation and/or simulation.

The lawmaking process requires collaboration and compromise.


The lawmaking process in the Virginia General Assembly

 Introducing a bill in either house

 Working in committees

 Debating the bill on the floor

 Voting on the bill

 Sending the bill to the other house

 Repeating the process in the other house

 Sending the bill to the governor

Elected officials in the Virginia General Assembly write laws and take action in response to problems or issues.

Individuals and interest groups help shape legislation.

The primary issues in the legislative process at the state level

 Education: To promote an informed and engaged citizenry (e.g., establish minimum standards for local schools)

 Public health: To promote and protect the health of its citizens

 Environment: To protect natural resources (e.g., improve water quality in the Chesapeake Bay)

 State budget: To approve a biennial (two-year) budget proposed by the governor

 Revenue: To levy and collect taxes


Updated: May 16, 2018