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Passing of Bills

  • A Bill shall be introduced by a member with the concurrence of the National Council.
  • Money Bills and Financial Bills shall not originate in the National Council.
  • A Bill pending in the National Council shall not lapse by reason of prorogation of the National Council.
  • A Bill shall be passed by a simple majority of the total number of members of the National Council or by not less than two-third of the total number of members of both Houses present and voting, in the case of a Joint Sitting.
  • Where a Bill has been introduced and passed by the National Council, it shall present the Bill to the National Assembly within 30 days from the date of passing.
  • Where the Bill is subsequently passed by the National Assembly, the Bill shall be submitted to the Druk Gyalpo for Royal Assent within 15 days from the date of passing such a Bill.
  • Where the National Assembly does not pass the Bill, it shall be returned to the National Council with amendments or objections for re-deliberation. If the Bill is then passed, it shall be submitted to the Druk Gyalpo for Royal Assent within 15 days from the date of passing such a Bill.
  • Where the National Council refuses to incorporate the amendments or objections of the National Assembly, it shall submit the Bill to the Druk Gyalpo, who shall then command the Houses to deliberate and vote on the Bill in a Joint Sitting.
  • Where the National Assembly neither passes nor returns the Bill by the end of the next session from the date of presentation, the Bill shall be deemed to have been passed by it and the National Council shall present the Bill within 15 days to the Druk Gyalpo for Royal Assent.
  • In case of Budget and Urgent Bills, they shall be passed in the ongoing session of the National Council.