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Senedd and Elections (Wales) Bill

An Assembly Commission Bill, introduced by Elin Jones AM, Llywydd and Chair of the Assembly Commission. The Business Committee has remitted the Bill to the Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee.

 

About the Bill

 

The purpose of the Senedd and Election (Wales) Bill is to:

 

  • rename the National Assembly to Senedd;  
  • lower the minimum voting age of National Assembly elections to 16; and
  • deliver other reforms to the National Assembly’s electoral and operational arrangements.

 

Further detail about the Bill can be found in its accompanying Explanatory Memorandum.

 

Current Stage

The Bill is currently at Stage 2. An explanation of the various stages of Assembly Bills is available in the Guide to the Stages of Public Bills and Acts.

 

Record of Passage in the National Assembly for Wales

The following table sets out the dates for each stage of the Bill’s passage through the National Assembly for Wales.

 

Stage

Documents

Bill introduced: 12 February 2019

Senedd and Elections (Wales) Bill, as introduced

Explanatory Memorandum

Bilingual Glossary

Presiding Officer’s Statement: 12 February 2019

Business Committee’s Report on the timetable for consideration of the Bill: 13 February 2019

Stage 1: Committee considerations of general principles

The Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee will consider its approach to Stage 1 consideration on 18 February 2019

Consultation responses

Schedule of oral evidence

Interviews with witnesses

Jess Blair, Electoral Reform Society

Professor David Egan, Cardiff Metropolitan University

Professor Ellen Hazelkorn, BH Associates

Correspondence

Letter from the Llywydd – 12 February 2019

Letter from Counsel General – 13 February 2019

Letter from the Llywydd – 2 April 2019

Letter from the Llywydd – 13 June 2019

Letter to the Llywydd – 19 June 2019

Letter from the Counsel General – 25 June 2019

Committee Stage 1 Report

The Committee laid its report (PDF 1 MB) on 28 June 2019

Response (PDF 271KB) from the Llywydd to the Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee report - 13 August 2019

Committee dates
The Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee will consider the Bill on the following dates:

Date and Agenda

Purpose of meeting

Transcript

Senedd.TV

18 February 2019

Consideration of Approach to Stage 1 Scrutiny (Private)

 

 

11 March 2019

Oral evidence session – Llywydd

Transcript

View the meeting

25 March 2019

Oral evidence session

Transcript

View the meeting

1 April 2019

Oral evidence session

Transcript

View the meeting

29 April 2019

Oral evidence session

Transcript

View the meeting

7 May 2019

Oral evidence session

Transcript

View the meeting

The Finance Committee will consider the Bill on the following dates:

 

Date and Agenda

Purpose of meeting

Transcript

Senedd.TV

21 March 2019

Oral evidence session - Counsel General

Transcript

View the meeting

27 March 2019

Oral evidence session – Electoral Commission

Transcript

View the meeting

4 April 2019

Oral evidence session – Chief Executive and Clerk to the Assembly

Transcript

View the meeting

4 April 2019

Oral evidence session – Llywydd

Transcript

View the meeting

Letter from the Llywydd – 15 February 2019

Letter from the Chair of the Finance Committee to the Llywydd – 17 April 2019 (PDF, 133KB)

Evidence from the Electoral Commission – March 2019 (PDF, 425KB)

Letter from the Llywydd to the Finance Committee -  7 May 2019 (PDF, 128KB)

Letter from the Chair of the Finance Committee to the Llywydd – 27 June 2019 (PDF, 157KB)

Finance Committee report: Financial implications of the Senedd and Elections (Wales) Bill

Response from the Llywydd to the Finance Committee’s report: Financial Implications of the Senedd and Elections (Wales) Bill (PDF, 278KB)

Stage 1: Debate in Plenary on general principles

A debate took place in Plenary on 10 July 2019. The motion to agree the general principles of the Bill was agreed.

Financial Resolution

In accordance with Standing Order 26.68 the Presiding Officer has indicated that a financial resolution is required for this Bill.  Further information about financial resolutions is available in section 3 of the Guide to the scrutiny stages for Public Bills.

Stage 2: Committee consideration of amendments

Stage 2 began on 11 July 2019. Details of tabled amendments will be published here.

 

On 18 September 2019, in accordance with Standing Order 26.17(iii), a Committee of the Whole Assembly was convened to consider Stage 2 proceedings of the Bill. Stage 2 proceedings will take place on Wednesday 9 October 2019.

The deadline for tabling amendments is 6pm, Wednesday 2 October 2019.

 

Notice of Amendments – 19 July 2019

Purpose and Effect Table – 19 July 2019

Stage 3: Plenary consideration of amendments

This Stage has not yet been reached.

Stage 4: Passing of the Bill in Plenary

This Stage has not yet been reached.

Post-stage 4

This Stage has not yet been reached.

 

Background documents and correspondence

 

Contact information

Clerk: Gareth Williams

Phone:0300 200 6362

 

Postal address:

National Assembly for Wales

Cardiff Bay

Cardiff

CF99 1NA

 

Email: SeneddCLA@assembly.wales

Business type: Bill

Reason considered: Commission Business;

Status: Stage 2

First published: 12/02/2019

Decision due: Meeting Date by Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee

Documents

Consultations

 

 

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