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  How laws are made
A bill
Turning a bill into law
First reading
Second reading
Committee stage
Report stage
Third reading
The other House
Royal assent

 
Writing a draft First reading

Drafting
Writing a Bill is called drafting. The bill must be written carefully as mistakes could produce a law that was unfair or had 'loopholes' that allowed people to ignore it.

Introducing a bill
This is when you formally tell everyone that you are going to start the process of making the bill into a law. When you announce this in the Houses of Parliament it is called a first reading.

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