Scottish Elections (Reform) Bill


About the Bill

A Bill for an Act of the Scottish Parliament to reform certain aspects of the law relating to Scottish parliamentary and local government elections, including length of terms; to make provision about the role of the Electoral Commission in relation to those elections; to confer functions on the Electoral Management Board for Scotland in relation to Scottish parliamentary elections; to rename and make provision about the Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland; and for connected purposes.

Read the Bill and accompanying documents

Current Status of the Bill

This Scottish Government Bill was introduced by the Cabinet Secretary for Government Business and Constitutional Relations, Michael Russell MSP, on 2 September 2019.

It was given Royal Assent and became a law on 8 July 2020.

Stage 1

The Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee has been designated the lead Committee for this Bill. 

Stage 2

 At its meeting on 12 March  2020 the Committee considered the Bill at Stage 2

Read the meeting papers and official report


The Committee launched its call for views on Thursday 18 September 2019, the deadline for responses was 7 November 2019.

Read the call for written evidence 

Read the news release

Read the written submissions

The Committee will take oral evidence on the Bill in November 2019


Work by other Committees

The Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee published its report on the Bill on 28 November 2019. 


The Committee published its Stage 1 report on 14 January 2020. 


The Stage 1 Debate on the Bill was held on 6 February 2020

Read the Official Report 

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