Attorney-General David Parker has presented the Revision Bills Programme 2018-2020 to Parliament.
The programme lists Revision Bills. Section 30 of the Legislation Act 2012 requires the Attorney-General to draft a three-year revision programme for each new Parliament. The Chief Parliamentary Counsel is required to prepare revision bills in accordance with the programme.
The purpose of the programme is to systematically revise the presentation of some New Zealand statutes to make them more accessible. After being revised, they are introduced as revision Bills into Parliament for re-enactment. The Contract and Commercial Law Act 2017 was the first bill under the 2015 to 2017 programme to be drafted and enacted.
Section 31 states that a revision Bill must not change the effect of the law, but may make minor amendments to fix small errors or to clarify Parliament's intent.
The latest draft programme proposes revision bills in areas which include employment law, energy regulation, overseas investment, Parliament and partnerships.
The programme states that revisions which are expected to be enacted during the three-year period are the Civil Liability Legislation Bill, Energy Bill, Land Valuation Proceedings Bill, Parliament Bill and Partnerships Bill.
Revision Bill Programme 2018 to 2020
|Revision Bills||Acts proposed for revision||Enactment
|Bills of Exchange Bill||Bills of Exchange Act 1908|
|Cheques Act 1960|
|Civil Liability Legislation Bill||Law Reform Act 1936||Y|
|Law Reform Act 1944|
|Electoral Bill||Electoral Act 1993|
|Employment Law Bill||Employment Relations Act 2000|
|Equal Pay Act 1972|
|Minimum Wage Act 1983|
|Parental Leave and Employment Protection Act 1987|
|Shop Trading Hours Act 1990|
|Trade Unions Act 1908|
|Volunteers Employment Protection Act 1973|
|Energy Bill||Atomic Energy Act 1945||Y|
|Electricity Act 1992|
|Energy Companies Act 1992|
|Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act 2000|
|Energy (Fuels, Levies, and References) Act 1989|
|Gas Act 1992|
|Petroleum Demand Restraint Act 1981|
|Land Valuation Proceedings Bill||Land Valuation Proceedings Act 1948||Y|
|Overseas Investment Bill||Overseas Investment Act 2005|
|Parliament Bill||Clerk of the House of Representatives Act 1988||Y|
|Members of Parliament (Remuneration and Services) Act 2013|
|Parliamentary Privilege Acvt 2014|
|Parliamentary Service Act 2000|
|Partnerships Bill||Partnership Act 1908||Y|
|Summary Proceedings Bill||Summary Proceedings Act 1957|