Introduction to American Government
Introduction to American Government PLS 201
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Date Created: 10/03/15
American PoliticsB0h0n How to Find a Bill There are three recommended methods in finding a bill for either one of your writing assignments The best method is to read newspapers that often have articles concerning pending legislation They will usually have additional information that can be used in your assignments The second method is contacting interest groups such as PETA or the NRA that can inform you on pending legislation Many such groups have websites that discuss current bills A very good websites that have action alerts on state legislation is wwwcaliforniaconnectedorg The third method is by researching the bills from the governmental websites The web site for the California Legislature is wwwassemblycagov for the state assembly and wwwsencagov for the state senate On either site click on the legislation logo that will take you to the bill search Once there you can put in key search terms such as education if you are planning to become a teacher or firearms or any other subject you are interested in California state assembly bills will be designated with a prefix of AB eg AB1234 State senate bills will have the prefix of SB eg SB1234 Similar sites for federal legislature and representatives can be found at wwwcongresscom Federal bills from the House of Representatives will be designated with a prefix of HR eg HR1234 United States Senate bills will have the prefix of S eg S1234 Do not use any bills that are resolutions usually indicated by a R in it the number eg SR 123 Resolutions are simply statements that do not change public policies or laws Do not use state propositions or initiatives Do not use any bills concerning marijuana You can also obtain your representatives web sites from these web sites The representatives websites may contain their position on some of the bills as well as contact information such as phone numbers and email addresses The websites may have information on bills proposed by your representative Make certain that you are using your representative Make certain that you are writing to the appropriate person Eg do not write to your congressman about a state bill ora senate bill Once you have found an appropriate bill you can do further research by using the bill name and number to conduct an internet search or to contact groups that might have information on the bill For the editorial you are expected to do more research and obtain more information than what may be cited in the bill You must advocate in favor ofa bill for the editorial It is too simple to choose a poorly written bill and write on how it is poorly written Your representative may also help Remember that research of a bill is time consuming Do not expect to find an appropriate bill quickly Another source of help is the reference librarian who will help you in your research Reference librarians are usually available in the library and at most public libraries But remember that theirjob is to assist you in your search and not to do the research for you If you have any further questions please ask the instructor
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