A draft of a proposed statute submitted to a legislature by one of its members
for consideration and possible enactment.
A bill that, if enacted, would authorize the expenditure of
The draft of a bill as it is adopted by one house of a legislature
and before it is sent to the other house for consideration. See also enrolled bill
The final draft of a bill after it is adopted by both houses of a
legislature, printed, checked for errors, and signed by the presiding officers
of both houses before it is sent to the president or a governor for approval or
rejection. See also engrossed
- A bill that contains proposals on a variety of
subjects. Usually, such a bill will have one major provision dealing with one
topic and several minor provisions regarding matters unrelated to the major
A bill that contains all proposals on a single (usually broad) subject, such as
an omnibus education bill that includes all proposals regarding, however
tangentially, the subject of education.
A bill concerning the interests, or affecting, only one or a small
number of individuals, entities, or localities.
A bill concerning the general interests of, or affecting, the
whole community, state, or country.
no bill or no true bill
The words used in a grand jury’s notation on a
bill of indictment indicating that insufficient evidence exists to support a
criminal charge set forth in the proposed indictment. Such a decision by the
grand jury prevents the prosecution from pursuing a criminal action against the
defendant based on those charges until a new grand jury is selected.
A piece of legislation for the purpose of levying taxes. By the
United States Constitution, all federal revenue bills must originate in the
House of Representatives. A similar provision constraining the origin of
revenue bills to one particular house of the state legislature is part of many
of the various state constitutions.
The words used in a grand jury’s notation on a bill of indictment
indicating that sufficient evidence exists to support a criminal charge set
forth in the proposed indictment that, if proved, would result in the
defendant’s conviction. Once the bill of indictment is indorsed as a true bill
and filed with the court, the prosecution must pursue a criminal action against
the defendant based on those charges unless the court approves a dismissal.