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  • Legislation (a bill or joint resolution) that has passed both chambers of Congress (in the case of the federal government) or a state legislature and has been signed into law by the president or the state governor or has passed over his or her veto, thus becoming law.

    A bill is the principal mechanism employed by lawmakers for introducing their proposals (e.g., enacting or repealing laws) in the appropriate chamber of the legislature. Bills introduced in the U.S. Senate, for example, are designated S. 1, S. 2, and so on depending on the order in which they are introduced. They address matters of either general interest (“public bills”) or narrow interest (“private bills”), such as immigration cases and individual claims against the federal or state government. ...

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