|1.||There is hereby appointed a standing committee to be known as the Legislation Committee.|
|2.||The Committee consists of 5 members.|
|3.||A Bill originating in either House, other than a Bill which the Council may not amend, may be referred to the Committee after its second reading or during any subsequent stage by motion without notice.|
|4.||A referral under clause 3 includes a recommittal.|
|5.||The functions of the Committee are to consider and report on |
|(a)||Bills referred under this order; |
|(b)||what written laws of the State and spent or obsolete Acts of Parliament might be repealed from time to time;|
|(c)||what amendments of a technical or drafting nature might be made to the statute book;|
|(d)||the form and availability of written laws and their publication.|
Most Bills can be referred by the Legislative Council to its Legislation Committee, the exceptions being appropriation, taxation and loan Bills. The Committee is able to consider Bills in more detail than would be possible in the limited time available in the Council itself, and to report its findings to the Council. The Committee cannot itself amend a Bill, but will often recommend amendments or further review of particular matters in its report to the Council. Under parliamentary convention, most inquiries of the Committee focus on the workability and technical competence of a Bill rather than a Bill's policy. However if a Bill is referred to the Committee before passing the second reading stage, the Committee can also inquire into matters of policy raised by the Bill.
The Committee has secondary roles of reviewing the State's laws to report on what laws require technical or drafting amendment or could be repealed altogether, and of looking at the form, availability and publication of the State's laws.