Assembly Members vote to introduce the Welsh Parliament and Elections Bill
Assembly Members have agreed by 44 votes to 1 with 3 abstentions to allow the Assembly Commission to introduce the Welsh Parliament and Elections (Wales) Bill.
The Assembly Commission will now introduce a Bill early in 2019 to:
change the name of the Assembly to Senedd Cymru/ Welsh Parliament;
lower the voting age for Assembly elections to 16;
amend the law relating to disqualification from being an Assembly Member; and
make other changes to the Assembly's electoral and internal arrangements.
The Assembly Commission intends that these changes will be implemented by 2021.
The Llywydd of the National Assembly for Wales, Elin Jones AM, said:
"This important vote puts Wales firmly on the road towards votes at 16 becoming a reality for elections to what I hope will become the Senedd Cymru/Welsh Parliament in 2021.
"Lowering the voting age to 16 will give young people a stronger voice in the future of our nation. Votes at 16 and renaming the Assembly will be the first step in a programme of wider reform to make our parliament a more effective, accessible and diverse legislature that fully reflects the communities and people that we serve."
The Bill will be subject to rigorous scrutiny, consultation and debate as it passes through the National Assembly's legislative process. The Bill will require a 'super-majority' of 40 Assembly Members to vote in favour before it can become law.
You can find out more about the Bill and what happens next at assembly.wales/assemblyreform