Time for bill to become law
I have not seen good information on this so I did a wee bit of research. I looked on the Oireachtas web site, and followed what happened to bills published in 2008 (far enough back for them all to have passed or failed). I looked just at government bills, because private member bills fail more often.
Of 34 government bills published (same stage as our bill) in 2008, 31 have become law and 3 failed. Looking at the time from this stage to being enacted, and rounding to the nearest month, times were:
0 months - 4
1 month - 4
2 months - 6
3 months - 2
4 months -2
5 months - 1
7 months - 1
9 months - 1
11 months - 3
12 months - 2
14 months - 1
21 months - 1
30 months - 1
36 months - 1
52 months -1
This is not good! More than half became law inside 4 months. I assume the ones that took a long time were either very complex or met a lot of opposition and neither seems to apply in our case.
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I'm going to wear a high viz jacket and carry a water meter.
That'll confuse them sufficiently. As I'll be like one of them.
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