The procedure for introduction and enactment of bills is provided for in the Kenya Constitution (2010) Article 109 and the Standing orders of the County Assembly. The Constitution vests legislative powers of the County Government with the County Assembly to be exercised through bills passed by the County Assembly and assented to by the Governor.
A Bill is a legislative proposal that is introduced to the House by way of first reading. It is then committed to a committee of the house that scrutinizes it and invites members of the public to give their views on the merits or otherwise of the provisions contained in the Bill.
The committee there after tables in the House its reports based on the former’s considerations of the bill. In the report, the committee proposes amendments to the Bill in order to improve on it.
The County Government and Members of the County Assembly are allowed by the standing Orders to introduce Bills, except that MCAs cannot introduce Bills that seek to impose taxation unless the consent of the Governor is obtained and signed by a CEC member.
During the period under review, a total of 12 Bills were introduced and all were County Government Bills. At the end of the period in reference 12 Bills were introduced and all of them were passed and none lapsed.
The table below shows a breakdown of Bills introduced between March 2013 and December 2014
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