Since January 2017, the Welsh Government has proposed four laws for the Assembly’s consideration. These are:
In addition, the Additional Learning Needs and Educational Tribunal (Wales) Bill, which was proposed for the Assembly’s consideration by the Welsh Government in December 2016, is currently at ‘stage 3’ where all Assembly Members have the opportunity to debate and vote on amendments to the Bill.
One Committee Bill has been introduced since January 2017: The Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Bill. The Bill was introduced by the Chair of the Finance Committee. A separate committee (the Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee) is currently gathering public views on the general principles of the legislation as part of ‘Stage 1’ scrutiny.
No Member Bills or Assembly Commission Bills have been introduced in the Fifth Assembly.
Dai Lloyd AM was successful in the first Member Bill ballot of the Fifth Assembly, which was drawn on 25 January 2017. On 15 March 2017, a debate and vote took place on a proposal seeking the Assembly’s leave to enable him to develop and introduce The Protection of Welsh Historic Place Names Bill. However, leave to proceed was not secured. As a result, no further action can be taken on this proposed Bill.
Paul Davies AM was successful in the second Member Bill ballot of the Fifth Assembly, which was drawn on 28 March 2017. On 14 June 2017, a debate and vote took place on a proposal seeking the Assembly’s leave to enable him to develop and introduce the Autism (Wales) Bill. Leave to proceed was secured, which means that Paul Davies has until 14 July 2018 to introduce the Bill. Paul Davies is currently consulting the general public on his proposed ideas for the Bill.
Principal Appointed Day
So far during this Assembly, all laws proposed for the Assembly’s consideration have been based on the Assembly having competence to make laws on any Subject listed in Schedule 7 to the 2006 Act. However, the Wales Act 2017 changes the competence of the National Assembly for Wales from ‘the Principal Appointed Day’ (which is expected to be 1 April 2018).
The Wales Act 2017 provides that if the Assembly has agreed the general principles of a Bill (i.e. if it has completed ‘Stage 1’ in the Assembly’s legislative process) before the Principal Appointed Day, the question of whether or not its provisions are within competence are considered under the current, conferred powers model under Schedule 7 of the Government of Wales Act 2006.
If the general principles of a Bill are agreed on or after the Principal Appointed Day, then its provisions are considered under the new, reserved powers model under the Wales Act 2017.