are Members of the Assembly. Legislative means ‘law-making’ and is another word for law.
are rules that help society run smoothly and make sure that everyone receives equal treatment. There are laws about everything from driving to teaching in schools. The can make laws about various issues that affect us in Northern Ireland, including hospitals, policing and public transport. When a law has been passed by the Assembly, it is called an ‘Act’.
Ideas for new laws come from:
- in charge of the different areas of government, such as Agriculture, Environment or Education;
- individual MLAs; or
- Assembly : groups of MLAs that specialise in different areas of government.
Making a law can be a long process. Proposals for new laws, called B, must pass through several if they are to become laws. Small groups of MLAs in examine the Bills and they are debated and voted on in the .