Overview

New High School Lesson! Students track the state lawmaking process while they learn about the people, organizations, and official efforts that help a bill become a law. A spotlight on interest groups and lobbying explains how organizations work to promote the needs of their members in the process.  

 This resource was created with support from the State Government Affairs Council. 

 

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to:

  • Illustrate how a bill becomes law
  • Identify the role of state governments in policy-making
  • Explain the influence on the legislative process of political parties, interest groups, grass roots organizations, lobbyists, public opinion, and individual voters
  • Analyze the effectiveness of citizen efforts to influence decisions of state and local governments
  • Describe the processes of initiative and referendum

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