The Spring sitting of the 5th session of the 61st General Assembly of the Nova Scotia Legislature began on March 26, 2013. The Legislature adjourned on May 10th, 2013. At the time of adjournment, 22 Government Bills, 61 Private Members Bills and 2 Private and Local Bills had been introduced during this sitting of the House of Assembly. Below is a list of those Bills that received Royal Assent before the Legislature adjourned.BILLS THAT RECEIVED ROYAL ASSENTGovernment Bills
Private Member's Bills
Private and Local Bills
STATUS UPDATES The following are status updates on all Bills that have not received Royal Assent.Government Bills
Private Member’s Bills
THE PROGRESS OF BILLS IN THE NOVA SCOTIA LEGISLATURE The legislative process begins when a Bill is presented by a Member of the House of Assembly and is given First Reading by the House, without debate. A Bill is given Second Reading after being debated in principle in the House. Following Second Reading, Bills are referred to one of the legislative committees – the Law Amendments Committee or Private and Local Bills Committee – for detailed discussion in meetings outside the House. Members of the public can attend the meetings of these Committees and make presentations respecting any Bill. Amendments are frequently considered and may be adopted and included in the Bill when it is reported back to the House. Bills reported back from the legislative committees are debated, clause by clause, by the members of the House acting as the Committee of the Whole House on Bills. The Bill is then reported back to the House. The Bill receives Third Reading and the final approval of the House. There may be some debate at this stage but usually the Bill is voted on with no discussion. The Bill receives Royal Assent when the Lieutenant Governor signs the final version. The Bill is then referred to as an Act, and is assigned a chapter number in the Statutes of Nova Scotia.Commencement is the day on which the Act takes effect. Ordinarily, an Act takes effect when it is given Royal Assent. Sometimes, however, it provides that it will come into effect only when is it proclaimed to take effect by Order in Counsel to be made by the Cabinet.Government Bills are introduced by the Minister of the department responsible for the legislation. Private Member's Bills are generally introduced by a member of the opposition parties. Government Bills have a higher likelihood of becoming law since the largest party in the Legislative Assembly supports the initiative. Except in a minority government, Private Members Bills are unlikely to be brought forward for substantive debate or become law. If you wish to be informed when a specific piece of legislation is scheduled to be heard by a legislative committee, please contact us and we will make arrangements for you to be so informed. If you have any questions regarding the legislation summarized above or would like to receive a copy of any Bill, please contact Gavin MacDonald at 491-4464 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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