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LEGISLATIVE ITEM CARRY-OVER ACT 2019

[Passed: 6-2 , Royal Assent: 18th October 2019]

BE IT ENACTED by the King’s Most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords and Burgesses in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

AN ACT to ensure that a legislative item being discussed in Parliament to continue its progress from one parliamentary session into the next.

1. SHORT TITLE

This bill may be cited for all purposes as “Carry-over Act 2019”

2. DEFINITION OF A LEGISLATIVE ITEM

A. The legislative item being carried over to the next parliamentary session can be an item that is introduced by the Government or by a private member of Parliament

B. The legislative item being carried over to the next parliamentary session can be in the form of Act of Parliament or Resolution

C. The legislative item being carried over is in its latest and most current form adopting in it any changes and amendments passed in the previous discussion

3. CONDITION IN WHICH A LEGISLATIVE ITEM IS CARRIED OVER

A. A legislative item is carried over in which an item has not yet being finished discussed yet the Parliament is called into prorogation, dissolution, or any motion that makes a Parliament can not run its business

B. A legislative item that is deemed carried is an item that has not been called for final division (vote) by the Woolsack or has been called into final division (vote) but the final result has not been announced by the Woolsack prior to the recess

C. A legislative item can only be carried over once; a legislative item that was carried over from a previous session cannot be carried over again


D. As a legislative item enters a carried-over state, Woolsack should put a notice in the legislative item that it is temporarily suspended and will be carried over to the next Session of Parliament thus ending any sort of interaction in the said legislative item

4. TREATMENT OF A CARRIED OVER LEGISLATIVE ITEM

A. A legislative item that is being carried-over takes precedence of the Parliamentary business before the Parliament starts its business on Government’s Agenda

B. The Woolsack will continue the business of a carried over item with time allotment being reset according to the procedures governing the last stage the bill was on before the carry-over

C. The Woolsack will put a notice in the carried-over legislative item that the suspension has been lifted and the latest procedure can be continued

D. If the latest procedure on the carried over legislative item is on its final call of division (vote), all votes previously cast is considered carried

E. A legislative item that meets all of the requirements in Section 3, but is carried over between a dissolution of Parliament shall be subject to the special procedure listed in this subsection. Following Minister’s Question Time but before the period of time allotted to Government legislation, the Woolsack or other moderator of Parliament shall put the following question to Parliament: “Does the [Honorable Member/Noble Lord] have leave to bring in the bill?” which shall be put to a 24 hour debate, subject to extension at the discretion of the Woolsack or other moderator of Parliament, and then to a vote. If the vote on the question is resolved in the affirmative, the bill shall be deemed carried over and the procedures outlined above shall be in force. If the vote on the question is not in the affirmative, the bill shall be deemed not carried over.

5. COMMENCEMENT

This legislative and all the provisions therein shall come into force upon receiving the Royal Assent.

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