Bills & Laws

In a two-year session of the Legislature, thousands of bills are filed, some of which result in legislation producing the laws of  our Commonwealth.  The parliamentary process used by the Massachusetts Legislature is based on the colonial-era British Parliament.  Both legislative branches - the House of Representatives and the Senate - have rules that govern their respective chambers, in addition to a set of joint rules agreed upon by both branches.  These rules allow an open, thoughtful and deliberative process by which bills may become law.
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House of Representatives Chamber