|08-06-2009, 05:52 PM||#4|
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i think there all a part of the same thing G, apart from Bill Bailey, he is ok
And Act is an act of parliament that creates a statute, and a bill again is something that is passed in parliament to produce the act that becomes a statute.
But i'm sure more worthy bods will come along and give a more definate answer, maybe yozhik or #6 or pleasuredome, the later has a more tangible understanding of them i think
|08-06-2009, 06:02 PM||#5|
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At least in the US
What is a bill (in the US)
All federal laws are enacted by Congress. Congress is divided into two houses, the Senate and the House of Representatives.
At the beginning of each Congressional year, a Senator or a Representative may introduce a "bill," which is a proposal for a law. Bills are numbered sequentially (1,2,3, etc.) and have a prefix of "S." or "H.R.," depending on whether the bill originates in the Senate (S.) or the House of Representative (H.R.). The bill may be subject to committee hearings, lobbying efforts, and a debate on the floor. If the originating house approves the bill, it is given to the other house for consideration, where it may be subject to more hearings and debate.
If the bill passes, it is sent to the President for signing. Once signed by the President, the bill becomes a law. A bill also become a law if the President neither signs nor vetoes the bill within ten days of receiving it. If the President vetoes a bill, it can only become a law if the veto is overridden by a two-thirds majority of both the Senate and the House of Representatives. A bill that is not passed through the houses, signed or overridden, is not carried over to the next session of Congress. Someone must introduce the bill again and start the process all over.
Once a bill becomes a law, it no longer remains intact. It is dispersed throughout all of the various parts of the code that it affects.
What is an Act (Enactment)
A legal document codifying the result of deliberations of a committee or society or legislative body
What is a Statute
These are laws passed by legislatures, either federal or state. Is there a difference between a statute and a code? In practical terms, no. Some states call these laws "statutes," and other states call them "codes."
At one time there was a distinction between the words "statute" and "code." Traditionally, statutes were laws in fairly random order, and a code was simply a set of books in which the statutes were arranged according to subject. Today, even states which call their laws "statutes" group laws of the same subject together.
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