What is Law New?

Law new is a term used to describe legislation that has been proposed, debated, and passed by Congress or another legislative body. Legislation can be passed through the enactment of a bill, a statute, or an act. A bill is a proposal to change existing law, while statutes are written laws that have been enacted into law. A statute may repeal, amend, or add to the existing law.

Once a senator has an idea for a policy change, the idea must be drafted as a bill before it can be considered by the Senate. Drafting is a complex process that requires specialized legal training. The drafters are usually staff members of the committee that is considering the bill. However, sometimes an interest group or State agency may have its own attorneys draft a bill.

Once a bill is drafted, the staff writes a committee report that contains a detailed description of the bill, its purpose and scope, and the reasons for the panel’s recommendation to approve the bill. The committee report is a significant part of the legislative history of a law, and it is often cited by courts and executive departments. The report is also the basis for amendments to a bill, and it includes the text of laws being repealed or added.