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Making policy changes to a bill after introduction

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Tuesday, 18 July 2017
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This publication is part of the CabGuide.

If any policy changes need to be made to a bill after it has been through the policy and legislative Cabinet committee stages and been introduced, this is usually done through a Supplementary Order Paper (SOP).

An SOP that serves a mechanical purpose (e.g. to break up a bill after its select committee stage) or that promotes minor technical improvements does not need to go through the Cabinet processes).

All SOPs that are outside the scope of a bill or that make substantive changes to a bill (particularly SOPs that are to be referred to a select committee for consideration) must first be submitted to the Cabinet Legislation Committee (LEG) or to the relevant Cabinet policy committee for approval.

When officials advising a select committee are to propose substantive amendments to a bill before a committee, Cabinet should be advised and prior policy approvals should be sought from Cabinet, if time permits.

The procedures and consultation requirements for government bills also apply to significant changes to a bill that is before the House or a select committee, whether or not the proposed changes are to be set out in a SOP or are outside the scope of the bill as introduced.

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Sunday, 23 August 2015

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