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Unit 8
Legislative Lingo
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Legislative Lingo

Unit 8

Discharge Petition: The formal process for moving a piece of legislation from a non-supportive committee to the floor.

Quorum: The minimum legal number of members necessary to carry on business. For markups, one quarter of the committee membership must be present. For final committee passage, one half must be there.

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Home Unit 1: Introduction Unit 2: From Problems to Solutions Unit 3: Origin of Bills Unit 4: Bill Drafting and Floor Introduction Unit 5: Referral to Committee Unit 6: Subcommittee Review Unit 7: Mark-up and Subcommittee Voting Unit 8: Committee Action Unit 9: Scheduling Floor Consideration Unit 10: Floor Debate Unit 11: Floor Votes Unit 12: Ironing Out Differences Unit 13: Presidential Action and Congressional Reaction Unit 14: The Legislative Processes