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Chapter 20 Bills: 111 Initiation



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CHAPTER 20

BILLS

111 Initiation

(1) A bill, unless received from the House of Representatives, shall be initiated by a motion for leave to bring in the bill, specifying its intended title, or by a motion for a committee of not less than 2 senators to prepare and bring it in, or by an order of the Senate.

(2) The senator having leave, or one of the committee appointed to bring in a bill, shall present a signed copy to the Senate.

(3) The title shall agree with the order of leave, and no clause shall be inserted in a bill which is irrelevant to its title.

(4) A bill not in accordance with the order of leave, or with the rules and orders of the Senate, shall be ordered to be withdrawn.

(5) Where a bill:

(a) is first introduced in the Senate by a minister in a period of sittings; or

(b) is received from the House of Representatives and was introduced in that House in the same period of sittings; or

(c) is received from the House of Representatives after the expiration of two-thirds of the total number of days of sitting of the Senate scheduled for that period of sittings,

and a motion is moved for the second reading of the bill, debate on that motion shall be adjourned at the conclusion of the speech of the senator moving the motion and resumption of the debate shall be made an order of the day for the first day of sitting in the next period of sittings without any question being put.

(6) Paragraph (5) does not apply to a bill introduced in the Senate or received from the House of Representatives within the first two-thirds of the total number of days of sitting of the Senate scheduled for the first period of sittings after a general election of the House of Representatives, but consideration of such a bill shall not be resumed after the second reading is moved in the Senate unless 14 days have elapsed after the first introduction of the bill in either House.

(7) Paragraph (5) does not apply to a bill received by the Senate again in the circumstances described in the first paragraph of section 57 of the Constitution.

(8) In paragraphs (5) and (6) “period of sittings” means a period during which the Senate adjourns for not more than 20 days.

(amended 13 February 1997, 14 May 2003)