How a Bill Gets Started

John Husted(Photo: WOSU)

John A. Husted – 99th Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives – answers the question: How does a bill get started?

Anyone can think up an idea for a state law. If the person or group wants that idea to actually become a law, they have to tell the idea to a legislator (a senator or member of the General Assembly).

If the legislator likes the idea, he or she has it written up as a bill. A bill is a proposal for a new law. People at the Office of Legislative Services write bills. The legislator who asks them to write it up becomes the sponsor of the bill. Other legislators who like the bill may join the legislator as co-sponsors.