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How Laws are Made
By Phyllis Naegeli

1     Why do we need laws? Laws are like the rules of a game. For example, think about a game of baseball. A player runs from home plate around the bases. First, second, third base, then back home. What would happen if someone wanted to go to third base first? They would probably run into someone who was trying to get home! None of the players would know what to do. In the same way, laws help to keep our society orderly. Our government was formed to keep us safe and protect our rights.
2     The national government makes laws for our country. These laws are made in Congress. Congress has two parts. One part is called the Senate. It has one hundred members. The other part is the House of Representatives. It has four hundred thirty-five members.
3     When an idea for a law is presented, it must be backed by a member of Congress. He or she must agree that the idea should be law. Once this happens, the idea is a bill. The path a bill takes can begin in either the Senate or the House. We will follow a bill that starts in the Senate.

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