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The Order Paper is an Assembly document prepared for each sitting day that lists the items of business that may be considered by the Assembly.
The Journals are the compiled Votes and Proceedings of a full session of a Legislature. The official debates and discussions of the Assembly can be found in the Hansard transcripts.
Review the status and activity of Bills as well as an explanation of the legislative process.
Tabling Returns and Reports is part of the Daily Routine, and it is under this item of business that MLAs may table documents. The databases below provide access to items that have been tabled or deposited. A document presented to the Assembly is
“laid on the Table,” and once tabled, it becomes a sessional paper and is deposited with the
Motions allow Members to bring proposals or issues before the Assembly. They are not proposals for laws. Motions for returns are requests for specific documents or detailed data. Written questions are a way for Members to seek more detailed information about an issue than is allowed in an oral question.
A petition is a means for members of the public to request the Legislative Assembly to do, or refrain from doing, something. Petitions must comply with a number of rules in order to be presented in the Assembly.
The Standing Orders of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta are the written rules or protocols that govern the proceedings of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta and its committees.
The Standing Orders outline the procedures that guide the functioning of the Assembly, including meeting times, the order of business and rules of debate. The Assembly may make changes to the Standing Orders by adopting a new standing order and repealing
or amending a previous order. The Speaker maintains orderly debate in the Chamber and ensures that Members conduct their business according to the Standing Orders as part of the procedural role of the Speakership. The Speaker interprets
and applies the principles of procedure with each ruling, and the Standing Orders serve as the primary basis for this decision-making.
The Special Standing Committee on Members’ Services prescribes the remuneration, benefits and allowable expenses for MLAs through the Members’ Services Committee Orders (MSCOs).
In addition, the committee sets Members’ allowances, constituency office allowances, deductions and reimbursements and establishes human resource, information technology and financial management policies for the Legislative Assembly Office, many
of which are also included in the MSCOs. The Speaker traditionally chairs the Special Standing Committee on Members’ Services.
Access the Members’ Services Committee Orders
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