Next step in the process
Now that the Frank’s Law bill proposal has been lodged with parliamentary authorities, it has to go out to consultation.
This process is expected to take around three months.
In September, Miles Briggs will sit down with the Scottish Parliament’s non-governmental bills team to analyse the responses and then put forward a draft bill.
This starts the formal parliamentary process which involves an initial vote in the chamber; scrutiny by a committee, likely to be health and sport; before it should become law after a second division between MSPs. The bill can be amended at any stage but the only party within the opposition coalition giving it a majority who want to make any changes are the Greens – and they want to toughen it up to make sure all illnesses are included.