Proposed Members' Bills
A Members’ Bill is a Bill introduced by an individual Assembly Member.
Any Member wishing to propose a Bill must apply to be included in a ballot which is held by the Presiding Officer. To be eligible for the ballot, Members must also table certain pre-ballot information, including the proposed title of the Bill and its policy objectives.
A Member who is successful in the ballot may then table a motion asking the Assembly to agree that he or she can introduce a Bill to give effect to the proposal included in the ballot. If that motion is agreed, the Member has 13 months in which he or she may formally introduce a Bill.
Once introduced, a Members' Bill is subject to the same scrutiny process as other Bills.
The Presiding Officer must from time to time hold a Ballot to determine the name of a Member, other than a Member of the Government, who may seek agreement to introduce a Members' Bill. A list of the Ballots undertaken and selected Members are below:
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