Similar to local government, a law begins with a motion (like a suggestion, or a 'I have a great idea'), which is known as a bill.
The step of introducing the bill is called its “first reading.” This step is like an announcement, to prepare the Legislative Assembly to debate the bill. Anyone may contact their MLA or a Cabinet minister to give their opinions about the bill. They might
The bill is just introduced
MLAs debate the bill
MLAs can ask questions
The bill is sent to a committee to be studied
The bill gets a second reading in the Legislative Assembly. MLAs debate the bill and then vote on it. If a majority supports the bill, it is sent to a committee for further study and discussion. Changes may be made to the bill.
the bill. The MLAs then
on the bill, and if it passes it will be sent to a
for further study, discussion and changes to the bill.
Debating the Bill in Detail After studying the bill carefully, MLAs make suggestions on how to improve the bill. They can suggest adding, removing or changing specific points. The Legislative Assembly — all the MLAs — debate and vote on each suggestion, o
Make suggestions on improvements
Vote on the bill
Make it a law
Get rid of the bill
Make changes to the bill
Debate the bill
The bill gets a third reading in the Legislative Assembly. Again members may discuss and ask questions about it.
chance for MLAs to comment on the bill. They can criticize or praise it. They can
about it as well.
The Vote Is Taken The bill comes to a final vote of all the MLAs. If a majority of MLAs vote for the bill, it “passes.”
a few MLAs to vote for it
majority of votes by the MLAs
the Lieutenant Governor to vote for it
the Premier to vote for it
minority of votes by the MLAs
If the bill is supported by the majority of MLAs, it is sent to the Lieutenant Governor to be signed. Then it becomes an act or law.
, which is requires a signature by the Lieutenant Governor. Hurray, the bill is now a
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