The powerhouse duo themselves, along with SLPA and Assemblyman Wayne DeAngelo, were at the NJ State House on Monday to watch their first bill pass through the beginning stages of becoming a LAW!

The bill, authored by Kristin and Eva, would “require the Board of Public Utilities (BPU) to develop and implement a program to promote women-owned, minority-owned, veteran-owned, or lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning (LGBTQ)-owned energy businesses in the State” (Bill 5693).  

What are the steps to getting a bill to become a law, and what is next for Bill 5693? Well, in the state of New Jersey, the process of turning a bill into law involves several key steps. Initially, a legislator proposes a bill, which is then assigned to a relevant committee for review. The committee assesses the bill’s merits, gathers input from stakeholders, and may make amendments.  

If the committee approves the bill, it proceeds to the full chamber for debate and voting. Both the Senate and the Assembly must pass identical versions of the bill. After passage, the bill is sent to the Governor for approval. The Governor can sign it into law, veto it, or allow it to become law without a signature.  

If the Governor vetoes the bill, the Legislature can override the veto with a two-thirds majority vote. This process ensures a thorough examination of proposed legislation before it is enacted into law in the state of New Jersey. 

Fingers crossed! 

By Michelle