In an ideal world, a group of open-minded individuals would brainstorm ideas for improving policy, draft a bill, and guide it through a conscientious debate. Within a couple weeks it would become law. Not so hard, right?
The reality is that this utopian progression is very much the exception when it comes to passing legislation. Below are two guides issued by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives that explain the state's legislative framework. As you follow, keep in mind that lawmaking is rarely a swift process. Hearings, subcommittee discussions, amendments, and unforeseen circumstances all stand to bring bills to a halt.