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A bill is a draft law.

Bills may be introduced into the Senedd by: 

  • Welsh Government
  • Members of the Senedd
  • Senedd committees
  • the Senedd Commission

Senedd Cymru

Once a bill is introduced into the Senedd 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 Senedd
  • Report stage – an optional stage to make changes (if required)
  • Stage 4 – a vote by the Senedd to pass the final text of the bill.

Further information on the Senedd’s scrutiny process is available in the Senedd’s guide to the legislative process.

Progress of Senedd bills

Details of the Welsh Government bills currently being considered by the Senedd.

Title Background to the bill Information on Senedd progress
Curriculum and Assessment (Wales) Bill Collection business.senedd.wales
Bus Services (Wales) Bill Overview business.senedd.wales
Renting Homes (Amendment) (Wales) Bill Written statement business.senedd.wales
Local Government and Elections (Wales) Bill Local Government and Elections (Wales) Bill business.senedd.wales
Wild Animals and Circuses (Wales) Bill Wild Animals and Circuses (Wales) Bill business.senedd.wales

Acts of Senedd Cymru

Once Royal Assent is given, a bill becomes an act of Senedd Cymru. 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.

Title Background to the act Information on Senedd scrutiny
Health and Social Care (Quality and Engagement) (Wales) Act 2020 Health and Social Care (Quality and Engagement) (Wales) Bill: summary business.senedd.wales
Children (Abolition of Defence of Reasonable Punishment) (Wales) Act 2020 Ending Physical Punishment in Wales business.senedd.wales
National Health Service (Indemnities) (Wales) Act 2020 Written statement business.senedd.wales
Legislation (Wales) Act 2019 Written statement business.senedd.wales
Renting Homes (Fees etc.) (Wales) Act 2019 Written statement business.senedd.wales
Childcare Funding (Wales) Act 2019 Written statement business.senedd.wales
Public Health (Minimum Price for Alcohol) (Wales) Act 2018 Minimum unit pricing of alcohol business.senedd.wales
Regulation of Registered Social Landlords (Wales) Act 2018 Impact assessments business.senedd.wales
Law Derived from the European Union (Wales) Act 2018 Impact assessments business.senedd.wales
Abolition of the Right to Buy and Associated Rights (Wales) Act 2018 Impact assessments business.senedd.wales
Additional Learning Needs and Educational Tribunal (Wales) Act 2018 Additional Learning Needs Transformation Programme business.senedd.wales
Landfill Disposals Tax (Wales) Act 2017 Landfill Disposals Tax business.senedd.wales
Trade Union (Wales) Act 2017 Trade Union (Wales) Act 2017: guidance business.senedd.wales
Public Health (Wales) Act 2017 Written statement business.senedd.wales
Land Transaction Tax and Anti-avoidance of Devolved Taxes (Wales) Act 2017 Land Transaction Tax business.senedd.wales

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