Definition of private member's bill in English:

private member's bill


  • (in the UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand) a legislative bill that is introduced by a private Member of Parliament and is not part of a government's planned legislation. Such bills rarely become law.

    • ‘There's a private member's bill on ageism going through parliament today.’
    • ‘Of course, there was the Stonehouse bill, but a private member's bill could be easily rebuffed in the absence of a government granting it sufficient parliamentary time.’
    • ‘So, I'm looking for a Member of Parliament willing to take a private member's bill on the matter.’
    • ‘He is, he points out, the only MSP with two private member's bills announced and says he wants to use the ‘minimal’ powers of the current arrangements to get the maximum results.’
    • ‘We, in conjunction with the National Pensioners' Convention, are supporting the private member's bill going through Parliament on October 17 for free transport for all pensioners and disabled people throughout the country.’
    • ‘At the moment only Government has the mandate to present such bills and this explains the falling away of the private member's bill on the proposed television licence fees during last session.’
    • ‘Earlier in the month, she introduced a private member's bill to give Toronto more control over its own affairs.’
    • ‘They do not believe a private member's bill currently before the Scottish Parliament, which would ban smoking when food is being served, goes far enough.’
    • ‘The member in his introductory speech made a great play of the fact that I, myself, had introduced a private member's bill to have the same effect.’
    • ‘Luckily for Ontarians, private member's bills almost never become law.’
    • ‘A private member's bill has also been introduced in Parliament which, if passed, will greatly restrict the kinds of crimes that could result in a conditional sentence.’
    • ‘Short made it clear in her comments that she had no intention of introducing a private member's bill on the subject for the third time because not enough time is given to member's bills to get them through.’
    • ‘A private member's bill is currently before Parliament to ban the docking of dogs' tails.’
    • ‘A private member's bill currently under review by a Parliamentary Standing Committee could complicate the issue further.’
    • ‘In 1879 Hay introduced a private member's bill to solve some of the problems between the Legislative Council and the House of Assembly.’
    • ‘Several of the later introductions of compulsory voting came about with some support from Labor, often introduced to parliament by a government backbencher in the form of a private member's bill.’
    • ‘It now seems that the only hope that such legislation will be introduced any time soon is if an MP brings a private member's bill.’
    • ‘Robison has cross-party support, but is considering introducing a private member's bill on the subject if she does not receive Executive support.’
    • ‘The Ontario New Democratic Party has introduced a private member's bill that would make it policy to assume one's consent to donating organs unless the donor actively opts out.’
    • ‘He meekly agreed, and now she has drafted the legislation of a private member's bill herself.’


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