Scottish Elections (Franchise and Representation) Bill

 

Stage: 3

A Bill for an Act of the Scottish Parliament to enfranchise certain persons in respect of Scottish parliamentary and local government elections; to extend to certain persons the right to vote at, stand for election at, and hold office as elected members following, Scottish parliamentary and local government elections; and for connected purposes.

Current Status of the Bill

This Scottish Government Bill was introduced by the Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, John Swinney MSP, on 20 June 2019.  The Bill passed Stage 3 on 20 February 2020.

Stage 1

Lead committee: Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments 

12 September 2019 (evidence) 

19 September 2019 (evidence) 

03 October 2019 (evidence)

Scottish Elections (Franchise and Representation) Bill at Stage 1 - 13 November 2019 

Dates of consideration by other committees: 

Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee, 24 September 2019 (private) 

Scottish Elections (Franchise and Representation) Bill at Stage 1 - 27 September 2019

Stage 1 debate, 28 November 2019

Official Report and Minute 

Stage 3

Stage 3 debate, 20 February 2020 

Marshalled List of Amendments for Stage 3 (208KB posted 7 February 2020) 

Timed Groupings of Amendments for Stage 3 (287KB posted 18 February 2020)

Daily List of Amendments 19/02/2020

Supplementary Marshalled List of Amendments for Stage 3 (131KB posted 19 February 2020)

Official Report and Minutes

Bill As Passed (713KB pdf posted 21 February 2020)

In accordance with section 31(2A) of the Scotland Act 1998 the Presiding Officer determined that the Bill required a super-majority to be passed as provisions of the Bill relate to the protected subject-matter of “the persons entitled to vote as electors at an election for membership of the Parliament” as specified in section 31(5)(a) of the Scotland Act 1998. The Bill was passed, having obtained the required super-majority.

 
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