HOW A BILL BECOMES A LAW

HOW A BILL BECOMES A LAW

As you have discovered through this course, nurses are influential members of the community and the political system. Therefore, for the purposes of this assignment you will identify a problem or concern in your community, organization, etc. that has the capacity to be legislated. You will conduct research and state a proposal. Through the legislative process, your proposal for the problem or concern may influence an idea for change into a law.

First, refer to the “How a Bill Becomes a Law” media.

http://lc.gcumedia.com/zwebassets/courseMaterialPages/nrs440v_how-a-bill-becomes-a-law-v2.1.php

Then, view the “Bill to Law Process” to watch the scenario.

After viewing the scenario, refer to the “Legislative Assignment.” You will need to save the document first in order to use it.

Submit the assignment to the instructor. You also reserve the right to submit your completed proposal to the respective government official. However, this is optional. If you select to submit your proposal as a part of the legislative process, refer to “Find Your Representative” or research the contact information on your own.

Legislative Worksheet (SBAR Format) –
How a Bill Becomes a Law

SITUATION: IS THIS SOMETHING THAN CAN BE LEGISLATED?

  • Identify
    the problem/concern:
  • State
    your proposal/idea.

BACKGROUND: DO YOUR RESEARCH

  • Include
    studies, reports, personal experience, or anecdotal stories related to
    your proposal.
  • Has
    there been similar legislation introduced and/or passed in other states?
    If so, include it.

ASSESSMENT: FINANCES AND STAKEHOLDERS

  • Identify
    financial impact if any (e.g., added costs, cost savings, increased
    revenue):
  • Identify
    stakeholder groups that would support this bill:
  • Identify
    people/groups that would oppose this bill:

RECOMMENDATION

  • Make
    an appointment with your legislator to discuss your proposal.
Del. Shirley Nathan-Pulliam, RN
Maryland House of Delegates
Lowe House Office Bldg., Room 309
Annapolis, MD 21401
Tel: 410.841.3350
shirley_nathan_pulliam@house.state.md
Del. Adelaide C. Eckardt, RN, PCNS
Maryland House of Delegates
Lowe House Office Bldg., Room 308
Annapolis, MD 21401
Tel: 410.841.3343
adelaide_eckardt@house.state.md.us
Del. Mary Roe Walkup, RN (Retired)
Maryland House of Delegates
Lowe House Office Bldg. Room 217
Annapolis, MD 21401
Tel: 410.841.3449
mary_roe_walkup@house.state.md.us
Del. Marilyn R. Goldwater, RN
Maryland House of Delegates
Lowe House Office Bldg., Room 221
Annapolis, MD 21401
Tel: 301.858.3019
marilyn.goldwater@house.state.md.us
Sen. Paula Colodny Hollinger, RN
Maryland Senate
2 West Miller Senate Building
Annapolis, MD 21401-1991
Tel: 410.841.3131
paula_colodny_hollinger@senate.state.md.us
 

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