A bill is a draft law.
Bills may be introduced into the Assembly by:
- Welsh Government
- Assembly members
- Assembly committees
- the Assembly Commission
National Assembly for Wales
Once a bill is introduced into the Assembly it undergoes scrutiny. This is generally a 4 stage process:
- Stage 1 – consideration and agreement of the general principles of the bill
- Stage 2 – detailed consideration of the bill and any changes by a committee
- Stage 3 – detailed consideration of the bill and any changes by the Assembly
- Report stage – an optional stage to make changes (if required)
- Stage 4 – a vote by the Assembly to pass the final text of the bill.
Further information on the Assembly’s scrutiny process is available in the Assembly’s guide to the legislative process.
Progress of Assembly bills
Details of the Welsh Government bills currently being considered by the Assembly.
|Title||Background to the bill||Information on Assembly progress|
|The National Health Service (Indemnities) (Wales) Bill||Written statement||senedd.assembly.wales|
|Wild Animals and Circuses (Wales) Bill||Wild Animals and Circuses (Wales) Bill||senedd.assembly.wales|
|Health and Social Care (Quality and Engagement) (Wales) Bill||Health and Social Care (Quality and Engagement) (Wales) Bill: summary||senedd.assembly.wales|
|Children (Abolition of Defence of Reasonable Punishment)(Wales) Bill||Children (Abolition of Defence of Reasonable Punishment) (Wales) Bill||senedd.assembly.wales|
Acts of the Assembly
Once Royal Assent is given, a bill becomes an act of the Assembly. The act may include powers for the Welsh Ministers to make subordinate legislation (for example, regulations and orders) to give further details of how the law is to be applied.