Legislation Bill

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Hon Christopher Finlayson

Legislation Bill

Government Bill



Explanatory note

1 Title

2 Commencement

Part 1
General provisions

3 Purposes

4 Interpretation

5 Act binds the Crown

Part 2
Law relating to publishing, reprinting, and revising legislation

Subpart 1Publishing legislation

Responsibilities and requirements

6 Chief Parliamentary Counsel to arrange publication


7 Designation of places where printed copies of legislation may be purchased

8 Sale of copies of legislation

9 Availability of electronic versions of legislation

Forwarding to Chief Parliamentary Counsel

10 Copies of legislative orders to be forwarded to Chief Parliamentary Counsel

Numbering and notification

11 Numbering of legislative orders

12 Notice of making of legislative orders

13 Complying with requirement to publish or notify in Gazette by publishing and notifying under this Act

Other instruments

14 Publication of instruments other than legislative orders

Revocation of spent instruments

15 Power to revoke spent instruments

Judicial notice of legislation

16 Judicial notice of Acts, regulations, and legislative orders

Official versions of legislation

17 Electronic and printed official versions of legislation

18 Legal status of official version

Evidence of parliamentary journals

19 Copies of parliamentary journals to be evidence

Form of copies and reprints of legislation

20 Directions as to form of copies and reprints of legislation

21 Special requirements for copies of legislative orders


22 Regulations

Subpart 2Reprints

23 Interpretation

24 Power to make changes in reprints

25 Editorial changes

26 Changes to format

27 Changes to be noted in reprint

Subpart 3Revision Bills

Preliminary provisions

28 Interpretation

29 Overview

Preparation of revisions

30 3-yearly revision programme

31 Revision powers

32 Format of revision Bill

33 Certification of revision Bill

Interpretation of revision Acts

34 Revision Acts not intended to change effect of law

Review of this subpart

35 Review after 6 years

Part 3
Subordinate legislation: disallowable instruments and incorporation of material by reference

Subpart 1Disallowable instruments


36 Interpretation

37 Disallowable instruments

38 Instruments that have significant legislative effect

39 Instruments that determine or alter temporal application

Presentation to House of Representatives

40 Legislative orders and disallowable instruments to be presented to House of Representatives

How instruments are disallowed

41 Disallowance of instruments by resolution of House of Representatives

42 Disallowance of instrument if motion to disallow not disposed of

Effect of disallowance

43 Effect of disallowance generally

44 Effect of disallowance on enactment amended, repealed, or revoked by disallowed instrument

Amendment or substitution of instrument by House of Representatives

45 Amendment or substitution of disallowable instrument by House of Representatives

Notification of disallowance, amendment, or substitution

46 Notice of resolution or motion

Subpart 2Incorporation by reference in instruments

47 Interpretation

48 Instruments that may incorporate material by reference

49 Application of this subpart

50 Requirement to consult on proposal to incorporate material by reference

51 Access to material incorporated by reference

52 Effect of amendments to material incorporated by reference

53 Proof of material incorporated by reference

54 Application of subpart 1 of Part 2 to instrument and material incorporated by reference

55 Application of subpart 1 of this Part to instrument incorporating material by reference

56 Application of Standards Act 1988, other enactments, and rules of law not affected

Part 4
Parliamentary Counsel Office

Constitution and functions

57 PCO continues as separate statutory office

58 Functions of PCO

Powers of Chief Parliamentary Counsel

59 Powers of Chief Parliamentary Counsel

60 Delegation of functions, responsibilities, duties, or powers

61 Absence or incapacity of Chief Parliamentary Counsel

62 Revocation of delegations

Chief Parliamentary Counsel and employees of PCO

63 Chief Parliamentary Counsel

64 Parliamentary counsel

65 Other employees of PCO

66 Remuneration and conditions of appointment of Chief Parliamentary Counsel

67 Chief Parliamentary Counsel acts as employer

68 Collective agreements

69 Employment principles

70 Appointments on merit

71 Chief Parliamentary Counsel to establish procedure for notifying vacancies and appointments, and reviewing appointments

Repeals, consequential amendments, and savings

72 Repeals, consequential amendments, and savings about legislative matters

73 Savings about former principal officers and other PCO staff

Consequential amendments to Acts

The Parliament of New Zealand enacts as follows: