History and purpose of the committee
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roles of reviewing the State's laws to report on what laws require technical or drafting amendment or could be repealed altogether, and of looking at the form, availability and publication of the State's laws.