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A Bill is a draft law. Once a Bill has been considered and passed by the Assembly and given Royal Assent by the Monarch, it becomes an ‘Act of the Assembly’. The Assembly is able to pass Acts on any Subject listed in Schedule 7 to the Government of Wales Act 2006.

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Guide to the Legislative Process

How the legislative process in the Assembly works, including information on the Stages of Bills and guidance documents such as Schedule 7.

Assembly Acts

This page provides summary information on all Assembly Acts during the Fifth Assembly (from May 2016)

Progress of Assembly Bills

View the current status of all Assembly Bills

Subordinate Legislation

Subordinate legislation is the laws brought forward by Ministers under powers delegated by an Act or Measure of the Assembly or by an Act of Parliament.

Ballots for Bills

The Presiding Officer must from time to time hold a Ballot to determine the name of a Member, other than a Member of the Government, who may seek agreement to introduce a Members’ Bill.

Proposed Members’ Bills

A Members’ Bill is a Bill introduced by an individual Assembly Member. Members’ Bills are distinct from Bills (introduced by the Welsh Government), Committee Bills (introduced by a committee) and Commission Bills (introduced by the Assembly Commission).

Legislative Consent

When the UK Parliament wishes to legislate on a subject matter which has already been devolved to the National Assembly for Wales, convention requires it to receive the consent of the Assembly before it may pass the legislation in question. Such consent is given by the Assembly through Legislative Consent Motions (LCMs).

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