Constitution Amendment Act 2005

Constitution Amendment Act 2005

Public Act2005 No 48
Date of assent16 May 2005

The Parliament of New Zealand enacts as follows:

1 Title
  • (1) This Act is the Constitution Amendment Act 2005.

    (2) In this Act, the Constitution Act 1986 is called the principal Act.

2 Commencement
  • This Act comes into force on the day after the date on which it receives the Royal assent.

3 House of Representatives
  • Section 10(4) of the principal Act is amended by omitting the expression 1956, and substituting the expression 1993.

4 New section 20 substituted
  • The principal Act is amended by repealing section 20, and substituting the following section:

    20 Lapse or reinstatement of parliamentary business
    • (1) Any Bill, petition, or other business before the House of Representatives or any of its committees during a session of a Parliament (any parliamentary business)—

      • (a) does not lapse on the prorogation of that Parliament and may be resumed in the next session of Parliament (a session of that Parliament):

      • (b) lapses on the dissolution or expiration of that Parliament, but may be reinstated in the next session of Parliament (a session of the next Parliament).

      (2) Parliamentary business is reinstated in that next session if, after that dissolution or expiration, the House of Representatives resolves that the parliamentary business be reinstated in that next session.

    Compare: 1977 No 22 s 2(1)

5 Section 21 repealed
  • The principal Act is amended by repealing section 21.


Legislative history

10 May 2005Divided from Statutes Amendment Bill (No 4), third reading