Identify your federal and state representatives.

To prepare for this Discussion:
• Review the following articles: “The Legislative Process,” “Legislative Process: How a Senate Bill Becomes Law,” and “Ben’s Guide to U.S. Government.” Reflect on how laws are passed.
• Review the interactive media “Public Health Policy Process.”
• Research your federal and state legislative processes. For those of you who reside outside the United States, focus on your local and territorial legislative process.
• Select a law addressing a public health issue that was passed in your state. For those of you who reside outside the United States, select a law passed at the local or territorial level. Think about the process of how your selected law was passed.
• Consider the potential impact of your selected law on future national laws.
• Identify your federal and state representatives. For those of you who reside outside the U.S., identify your local and territorial officials.

With these thoughts in mind:
Post a description of the law you selected, and explain in detail the process of how it became a law within your state or territory. Then, describe the potential impact of your selected law on future national laws. Make sure to identify your federal, state, and/or territorial representatives/officials.
Be sure to support your postings and responses with specific references to the

Learning Resources.
Required Resources

Readings
• Piotrowski, S. J., & Van Ryzin, G. G. (2007). Citizen attitudes toward transparency in local government. The American Review of Public Administration, 37(3), 306–323.
Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
• Evans, C. H., & Degutis, L. C. (2003). What it takes for Congress to act. American Journal of Health Promotion, 18(2), 177–181.
LC Degutis. Copyright 2003 by the American Journal of Health Promotion. Used by permission of the American Journal of Health Promotion via the Copyright Clearance Center.
• United States House of Representatives. (n.d.). The legislative process.Retrieved from https://www.house.gov/content/learn/legislative_process/
• United States Senate. (n.d.). Legislative process: How a senate bill becomes law. Retrieved from https://www.senate.gov/reference/resources/pdf/legprocessflowchart.pdf
U.S. Government Printing Office. (2010). Ben’s guide to U.S. government. Retrieved from https://bensguide.gpo.gov/

Media
• Laureate Education, Inc. (Executive Producer). (2012). Public health policy process. Baltimore, MD: Author.
“Public Health Policy Process” Transcript
Optional Resources
• American Public Health Association. (2012). American public health association. Retrieved from https://www.apha.org/

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