A 'Second Print' denotes that this bill has been amended by the originating House at the Consideration in Detail Stage (LA)/ Committee of the Whole Stage (LC). A second print is produced for use in the other House (see also 'Print version of a bill').
During the second reading debate, members express their opinions about the principles of the bill. At the conclusion of the debate, a vote is taken on the question ¨that this bill be now read a second time". If the House agrees, the bill proceeds to either the consideration in detail stage (LA)/ committee stage (LC) (if there are amendments to be considered) or directly to the third reading stage (LA) or with the concurrence or previous agreement of the House (LC). If the House disagrees, then the bill is defeated.
After the bill has passed the second reading or the consideration in detail stage (LA)/ committee stage (LC), a vote is taken on the question "that this bill be now read a third time". If this is agreed to, the bill has passed all stages. The bill is sent, with a message, to the other House for consideration. After the bill has been read a third time by the other House, it is either sent to the Governor for assent or returned, with amendments, to the House of origin (see Consideration in Detail (LA)/ Consideration in the Committee of the Whole (LC)).
A proposed law. After a bill passes both Houses of Parliament and receives assent, it becomes an act.
An act comes into force 28 days after it is assent to, or on a day or days to be appointed by proclamation. A clause, stating whether the act comes into force by assent or proclamation, usually appears at the beginning of each bill.
When an act or clauses of an act come into force by proclamation, this date is determined by the minister who, on behalf of the Governor, places a notification in the Government Gazette shortly before the date of commencement. The Government is required to lodge notification with the Parliament of all legislation remaining unproclaimed after 90 days.
If a member wishes to amend a bill, the House forms itself into a "committee of the whole" to deal with the bill in detail. During this stage the Presiding Officer leaves the Chair. The Chairman of Committees presides over the committee and, at the end of this stage, reports the bill to the Presiding Officer with or without amendments. The bill then proceeds to the third reading stage, unless a motion is agreed to that the bill be recommitted for further consideration. The committee of the whole also considers bills that have been returned from the other House with amendments. If the committee agrees to those amendments, the bill is sent to the Governor for assent. If, however, the committee disagrees, both Houses exchange messages until agreement is reached or the bill is set aside. See 'Consideration in detail' for procedure in the LA.
If a member wishes to amend a bill, the House will consider the bill in detail. During this stage the Presiding Officer takes a seat at the Table next to the Clerk. After all amendments have been considered by the House and agreed to or otherwise a motion is moved "that this bill be now read a third time." The bill is then passed or a motion is moved for further consideration. The House also considers bills in detail that have been returned from the other House with amendments. If the House agrees to those amendments, the bill is sent to the Governor for assent. If, however, the House disagrees, both Houses exchange messages until agreement is reached or the bill is set aside. See 'Consideration in committee of the whole' for procedure in the LC.
The order of the day for consideration of a bill can be be removed from the Business Paper by resolution of the House.
The term 'House of review' is often used to refer to an Upper House in a bicameral system. As a convention, members of one House use the phrase 'the other House' when referring to the other Chamber.
The Parliament of New South Wales acknowledges and respects the traditional lands of all Aboriginal people, and pays respects to all Elders past and present. We acknowledge the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation as the traditional custodians of the land on which the Parliament of New South Wales stands.