The process of the Healthy Workplace Bill becoming law doesn’t stop with the hearing that just took place last Tuesday. If the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development passes the bill favorably onto the next step, here’s what will happen:
- The bill moves to the House. Debate begins. The bill is subject to amendments.
- The bill is then ordered to a Third Reading in the House. In this phase, the bill is examined for legality, constitutionality, and the duplication or contradiction of existing law and then heads back to the House or Senate floor for debate and amendments.
- The bill moves onto the Engrossment Committee at the Third Reading.
- The Senate considers the bill through three readings and engrossment. If amended, the bill returns to the House for another vote. If the bill is rejected, three members of each branch draft a compromise bill.
- The bill gets enacted by the legislature.
- The bill gets signed by the governor. Ninety days after the governor’s signature, the bill becomes law.
The order of steps may change, and the bill is subject to approval to pass to each next step.
To help push the Healthy Workplace Bill to the next step, email the committee members asking them to move the bill forward.