The legislative process is a fascinating, important, and complex
set of actions whose excitement and variability are not fully
captured in the standard "a bill becomes a law" chart.
While the formal stages in the legislative process are a good
place to start, it is important to recognize alternative routes.
Legislation passes or fails both on the quality of its content
and the strategies of its opponents and proponents. This module
uses text, graphics and video to enliven students' understanding
of the legislative process and to allow them to explore in-depth
its various facets.
The project was devised by Stephen Frantzich, Professor of Political
Science at the U.S. Naval Academy with grants provided by The
Dirksen Congressional Center and the Naval Academy Research Office.
Cindy Koeppel of The Dirksen Congressional Center served as co-producer.