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The Scottish Parliament and law making
The Scottish Parliament and law making

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Week 8: Getting involved in law making


In this week you consider where the ideas for the need for an Act of the Scottish Parliament come from. You explore the sources of those ideas before looking at how citizens can shape and become involved in the law making process of the Scottish Parliament. Earlier in the course you explored the different types of Bills that exist and how they go through a process before becoming law. You have also seen that in the Scottish Parliament the process for public engagement is transparent and that public engagement is encouraged. You start this week by considering why law changes.

Figure 1 Common questions

By the end of this week you will be able to:

  • explain why law changes
  • explain some of the ways in which law is changed
  • understand how you can contribute to the work of the Scottish Parliament.