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Analysis: How a bill really becomes law

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Remember the textbook you read in school that laid out a few neat steps about how a bill becomes law? That might not tell the whole story.

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The human factor seldom is discussed in texts. Also often lacking are discussions about lobbyists and partisan politics. But most mysterious and missing may be party caucus meetings, where many of the real decisions are made.

First, however, here are some of those technical steps to how a bill becomes law:

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