From Bill to Act.
Theis a . This means it makes , or . Those to the Assembly are called .
Laws are rules that help society run smoothly and make sure that everyone is treated equally. There are laws about everything from plastic bags to university fees. The Assembly can make laws about most of the issues that affect our everyday lives in Northern Ireland.
Proposals for new laws are called. Ideas for Bills come from:
- in charge of different areas of government, such as Agriculture, Environment or Education;
- individual MLAs; or
- Assembly :groups of MLAs that specialise in different areas.
Making a law can be a long process. Bills must pass through severalif they are to become laws. Small groups of MLAs in examine the Bills in detail. Then they are several times in the . Once a Bill has passed through all the necessary stages, it is called an .
Do you have an idea for a new law to make Northern Ireland a better place? Can you get it passed by the Assembly?