1. Any Representative or Senator in the Rhode Island General Assembly may introduce a bill in his or her respective house.
2. The Recording Secretary numbers a bill introduced in the House of Representatives. The Secretary of the Senate numbers a bill introduced in the Senate.
3. The Speaker of the House or the President of the Senate refers the bill to the proper committee.
4. A House or Senate Committee may:
Recommend passage as introduced, with amendments, or with a substitute
Refer the bill to a committee
Report the bill to the floor
5. A. bill goes on the calendar when a given committee makes a recommendation of passage.
6. After passage, in either the House or the Senate, the bill is transmitted to the other house where it will follow the same procedure.
7. Upon passage in concurrence by the second house, a bill is forwarded to the Governor.
8. The Governor may sign and approve a bill. It is then returned to the Secretary of State who notifies the branch of origin of the bill's passage into law.
9. The Governor may veto a bill and return it to the branch of origin. If three-fifths (3/5) of the members present and voting (by roll call vote) approve the bill in both houses, it becomes law, the Governor's veto not withstanding.
10. The Governor may allow a bill to become law without his signature. If the General Assembly is in session, he transmits the bill without his signature to the Secretary of State following the sixth day (Sunday excepted) that the measure has been presented to him. If the General Assembly has adjourned, the act becomes law unless it has been transmitted by the Governor to the Secretary of State with his disapproval in writing within ten (10) days after adjournment.
11. The law shall take effect on the first day of July of the calendar year of its enactment into law by the General Assembly.
Taken from the State of Rhode Island General Assembly website