How a Law Is Passed

How a Law Is Passed

by Bill Scheppler

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Children's Literature - Debbie Levy
If one were to judge this book by its cover, the verdict would be uninspiring—a group of six serious-looking white men in suits and ties standing at a podium outside the U.S. Capitol building. One of them is speaking; the others are looking on. No one looks exactly energized. If this is the legislative process in action, a young (or old!) reader might be forgiven for thinking, "I'll look elsewhere for inspiration." Happily, Scheppler displays a better idea about how to drum up reader interest in his first chapter, entitled "There Oughta Be a Law." There, he posits a youngster musing that there ought to be a law requiring a new section of the Internet for kids only. "Guess what?" the author continues. "That law exists." This is an appealing way to draw readers into a primer on how laws are passed in the U.S. government. Scheppler covers how Congress is organized, the introduction of legislation, the consideration of bills by congressional committees, action by the House and Senate, and presidential action. The 2002 law discussed in Chapter 1—the Dot Kids Implementation and Efficiency Act—is not further discussed in subsequent chapters. This is understandable, since its passage was neither sufficiently complex nor momentous enough to serve as a template for in-depth examination of the legislative process. As a result, however, the author's approach to the ins and outs of congressional and presidential action on legislation is exclusively process-oriented. The amount of technical detail can sometimes feel overwhelming. The inclusion of real-world examples to show how these rules and procedures have played out in actual laws might have made the discussion lessbloodless. This volume in the "The U.S. Government: How It Works" series is likely to be of greatest interest to young people who are already extremely interested in the processes of government. A glossary helpfully reinforces legislative terms that are introduced in the text. A brief bibliography and further reading section are also included. Reviewer: Debbie Levy

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Chelsea House Publishers
Publication date:
U. S. Government Series: How It Works
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

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