Enrolled Bill


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Enrolled Bill

The final copy of a bill or joint resolution that has passed both houses of a legislature and is ready for signature. In legislative practice, a bill that has been duly introduced, finally passed by both houses, signed by the proper officers of each, approved by the governor (or president), and filed by the Secretary of State.

Under the enrolled bill rule, once an election for the adoption of a statute is held, the procedural method by which the measure was placed on the ballot cannot be challenged with a lawsuit since judicial inquiry into legislative procedure is barred as an intrusion into the internal affairs of the lawmaking body. In addition, this rule enhances the stability of statutory enactments. Citizens can reasonably rely on the legality of filed enactments. As a result, an enrolled bill is the most authoritative source of statutory law in a jurisdiction.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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He added that there's no enrolled bill to speak of, and nothing for the President to sign.
It was only last week when Sotto signed the enrolled bill on the budget with "strong reservations," thus paving the way for its submission to Malacanang for Duterte's signature.
'And it bears watching if they will really withdraw their version of the enrolled bill today.
When the Senate adopted the House version, it should now be an enrolled bill and sent to the President for signature.
'After a careful perusal of the enrolled bill submitted to the Office of the President, it was found out that a major amendment to the bill was not included in the Bicameral Conference Committee Report.' the Resolution stated, adding: 'there is a need to withdraw the enrolled bill to enable Congress to reconsider its approval and introduce a major amendment which it failed to include in the Bicameral Conference Committee.'
Meanwhile, SWP noted that the "ball is now in the court" of Duterte to "remove the unconstitutional provisions and all forms of pork barrel allocations" in the enrolled bill of the proposed 2019 budget.
We welcome that they have finally settled their differences so we hope that they would be submitting the enrolled bill and for the President to go over it and sign it if it conforms with the Constitution,' Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo told reporters in Malacanang on Monday.
He said the enrolled bill, signed by House of Representatives Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Senate President Vicente Sotto III, has yet to be transmitted to the Office of the President for signing.
Despite the disruption of the BOL timeline-both chambers had planned to submit their ratified version to the President so he can sign it on Sona day-Duterte declared his full intent to sign the same as soon as the enrolled bill gets to his desk, but gave federalism, as embodied in a draft charter by his 22 hand-picked drafters, only passing mention.
The enrolled copy is now going to be enrolled bill presented to President.
'So it's still a stalemate because if the House would insist on considering their printed copy [of the spending bill] as the enrolled bill, it will not reach Malacanang,' he said.
The President said the consolidated enrolled bill 'unduly broadens the scope and definition of prohibited labor-only contracting, effectively proscribing forms of contractualization that are not particularly unfavorable to the employees involved.'