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About Bills

Bills and laws


What is a Bill?

A Bill is a proposed Act of the Scottish Parliament. It might be a new idea, or change or remove part of an existing law. A Bill that is introduced in the Scottish Parliament is scrutinised and debated by MSPs.  

Scottish Parliament Bills can be introduced by:

Each Bill must go through several stages before it can be passed and become an Act.

The public and any groups can give their views about a Bill. The Bill will also be debated, voted on, and may be amended or changed. The Parliament then decides if it should be passed. It can then become an Act of the Scottish Parliament, or an Act.