On 18 September 2019, a Committee of the whole Assembly agreed changes to the Bill. The amended Bill therefore moved to Stage 3, where the Assembly considered more changes to the Bill.
The Assembly voted on 10 July 2019 to approve the general principles of the Senedd and Elections (Wales) Bill. The Bill therefore moved to the next stage of the legislative process.
Following a meeting of the Assembly Commission, the Llywydd wrote to all Assembly Members to explain that while she was confident that the case in favour of increasing the number of Members had been made, there was not yet consensus on how Members should be elected.
For this reason, the Commission decided it was not possible to legislate on Phase 2 of electoral reform in the 5th Assembly. However, the Commission's work to explore issues relating to the size of the Assembly and how Members should be elected would continue assisting the public debate and political parties as they considered their views on these matters.
On 12 February 2019, the Llywydd introduced the Senedd and Elections (Wales) Bill on behalf of the Assembly Commission. The Bill contains proposals to lower the voting age for Assembly elections to 16, change the name of the Assembly and make other important changes to the way that elections are run and administered in Wales.
If passed by the Assembly, the changes proposed by the Bill will be implemented in time for the 2021 Assembly elections.
Following a meeting of the Assembly Commission, the Llywydd wrote to all Assembly Members to explain that the name change introduced in the Bill would be the monolingual name “Senedd” and that Members would be referred to as “Aelodau’r Senedd / Members of the Senedd”.
The Bill would be called the Senedd and Elections (Wales) Bill.