Legislation Act 2012
Last updated 17 April 2013
The Legislation Act 2012 received Royal assent on 11 December 2012.
Proposed changes to the Legislation Act 2012
Submissions on the Interpretation Act 1999 discussion paper will inform the Government's decisions regarding the proposal to update and re-enact the Interpretation Act in the Legislation Act 2012. Consultation closed on 16 April 2013.
About the Legislation Bill
The Bill was introduced to the House of Representatives on 25 June 2010, received its first reading on 3 August 2010, and was reported back to the House by the Regulations Review Committee on 1 December 2010. It received its second reading on 29 August 2012. Amendments recommended by the Regulations Review Committee were agreed to. The Bill received its third reading on 5 December 2012.
From the general policy statement in the explanatory note to the Bill:
The purpose of this Bill is to modernise and improve the law relating to the publication, availability, reprinting, revision, and official versions of legislation and to bring this law together in a single piece of legislation. This Bill contributes towards the achievement of the Government’s key policy goals in the area of—
- regulatory reform (by reducing the need for technical remedial legislation as a consequence of enhanced reprinting powers); and
- innovation and business assistance (by improving access to old archaically expressed law through a programme of revision of old statutes).
Key policy decisions implemented in this Bill include the following:
- the Parliamentary Counsel Office (the PCO) will be required to publish legislation electronically as well as in printed form:
- the PCO will be able to issue official versions of legislation in electronic and printed form (being versions that are presumed to be correct):
- the PCO’s reprinting powers will be enhanced to enable the PCO to correct obvious errors and (if authorised by Order in Council for the purpose) to renumber older legislation:
- a 3-yearly programme of systematic revision of Acts is established:
- legislation providing for the disallowance of subordinate legislation is modernised and existing Acts are consequentially amended to specify whether particular subordinate legislation is disallowable:
- enabling powers and related processes are provided to enable certain kinds of subordinate legislation to incorporate material by reference:
- outdated aspects of the Statutes Drafting and Compilation Act 1920, particularly those relating to the appointment of counsel and the organisational structure of the PCO, are replaced by modern legislation that continues the PCO as a separate statutory office.
This Bill implements the majority of the legislative recommendations made in the Law Commission reports—
- Presentation of New Zealand Statute Law, October 2008 (NZLC R104):
- Review of the Statutes Drafting and Compilation Act 1920, May 2009 (NZLC R107).