For this assignment students will need to research a national and state bill that is proposed to become law. They will need to briefly explain and summarize what the bill is intended to do and include possible benefits and or punishments involved. Students will then need to explain, in their own opinion, whether this is a good or a bad bill and reasons why. Each bill should be approximately 1/2 page.
Steps to Researching a National Bill:
1. Go to the link “Library of Congress” on this website or type in the address: http://thomas.loc.gov/
2. Click on the page “Bills, Resolutions” located on the left hand side.
3. Click on “Browse Bills & Resolutions”
4. “ Click on “Popular & Short Titles”.
5. Bills will be listed alphabetically. Find a bill that interests you and click on it.
6. This will give you a short summary.
7. The Bill will be labeled either H.R. # (House of Representative #) or S. # (Senate #). Click on it.
8. Then click on “Text of Legislation”. This will give you the entire bill and explain it along with procedures, benefits and or punishments.
9. Write a short 1/2 page summary explaining the bill and include whether it is a good or bad bill and why.
Steps to Researching a State Bill:
1. Go to the link “Wyoming State Legislature” found on this website or type in the address: http://legisweb.state.wy.us/
2. Click on the link labeled “2011 Bill Tracking Information”.
3. Click on “2011 Bills”.
4. They will now be shown by the “House Bill # (HB) or Senate File # (SF)” with a short abbreviated description.
5. Choose one that you find interesting and click on “Title”.
6. A short summary of the new proposed law will be given.
7. Click on the link at the top with the “Title and #”. This will give the entire bill along with effective dates, procedures, benefits and or punishments.
8. Write a short 1/2 page summary explaining what it would do and include whether it’s a good or bad bill and why.