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Chapter 13. PRIVACY AND THE LAW: 2001 > What About Laws that Don't Exist Yet?

What About Laws that Don't Exist Yet?

The sections that preceded this one briefly discussed some laws that relate to privacy and security, digital or not. Legislatures, however, meet for the purpose of passing laws, or at least discussing and debating passing new laws.

In the United States, we all learn the path a bill takes between introduction and enactment. The exact path differs from state to state. Some states have legislatures that meet for a fixed period of time every two years. Some states have full-time legislatures. All but one, Nebraska, have two houses through which a bill must pass before being signed by the governor and becoming law. The federal bill process is the one with which we are most familiar because we have been taken through it time and again.


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