Social Studies - 2019-20
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;
UNDERSTANDING THE STANDARD
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