How a bill becomes law

Infographic / Illustration / Print design

For this full-page infographic on how a bill becomes a law in Ohio, I collaborated with veteran Statehouse reporter Lee Leonard, who was skeptical at first about the gameboard approach to the topic. Lee originally wrote the story from the point of view of a legislator, but I thought readers might better relate to a bill itself, as it goes through the painful process of being amended, tabled or vetoed. The straight-forward, black-and-white path on the left is the legislative process as it is meant to be. The colorful, whimsical process on the right is what happens when politics and lobbyists get involved. The page was well-received by readers, with many requesting reprints.