How Scotland's laws are passed
How does the Scottish parliament make decisions about Scotland? One of its most important roles is passing laws. Let us break that process down for you.
On 25 November, Nicola Sturgeon unveiled the Scottish government's plans for 2014-15. Among them were 12 new laws for Scotland including proposals on land reform and higher education.
Each law will be written following debates and discussion. The bill is a written document made up of legal statements. Once the bill is passed it becomes an 'Act of the Scottish parliament'.