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A bill is proposed legislation – – a proposed law. Legislatures will debate a bill before approving it. Once a bill is approved by the legislature you can say that the bill has “passed” or been “enacted”. In the United States, before the law comes into force it must be approved by the executive branch. At the federal level, this means the President must sign the law before it comes into force. At the state level, the Governor must sign the law into force.

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