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
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.
Bills introduced into the Senedd
There are no Welsh Government bills currently being considered by the Senedd.
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.