British Sign Language (Scotland) Bill
|On 17th September 2015, the British Sign Language (Scotland) Bill was passed unanimously by all Parties in the Scottish Parliament. Work began on the Bill in 2007 and was eventually introduced to the Scottish Parliament by Mark Griffin MSP on 29th October 2014. Following its introduction, the Bill has moved through three stages where it has been overseen by the Parliament’s Education and Culture Committee. In this time, evidence was submitted in support for the Bill by local authorities, service providers and individuals. The Deaf community have also had the opportunity to share their experiences and opinions via a Facebook page set up by the Scottish Parliament. After several amendments the Bill was finally passed in front of a packed gallery in the Scottish Parliament’s Chamber.The Bill is now awaiting submission for Royal Assent, which will see the Bill become an Act. After the 4 week period is finished, the Presiding Officer (Tricia Marwick MSP) of the Scottish Parliament submits the bill for Royal Assent. Once the bill receives Royal Assent, it becomes an Act of the Scottish Parliament.
All bills passed by the Scottish Parliament must be signed by the Queen before they can become law. This procedure reflects the fact that Scotland remains part of the UK and all UK legislation must get the Royal Assent.