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Buses and ballots are set to dominate the next 12 months in the National Assembly for Wales – at least that’s what First Minister Mark Drakeford hopes.

On Tuesday, July 16 he set out his 2019/20 legislative priorities although his statement was heavily caveat-ed that the unexpected demands of Brexit could require the Assembly to shift its legislative focus on preparing for exit and mitigating the impact of a no-deal departure.

Prof Drakeford listed five bills his Welsh Labour government plans to take froward and indicated some other initiatives currently under consideration:

  • A public transport bill to reform the planning and delivery of local bus services
  • A local government and elections bill to give the vote to 16- and 17-year olds in local government elections
  • A GP indemnity bill to ensure all clinical negligence claims, whenever they are reported or incurred are covered
  • A curriculum and assessment bill  to set in statute the principles, freedoms and structures for Wales’ new curriculum
  • A tertiary education and training bill, which will set up the Tertiary Education and Research Commission to replace the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW)

A bill to address no-fault evictions could also be introduced, subject to consultation. Discussions are also ongoing around the future of agricultural support with several consultating exercises planned for the summer.

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