At-a-glance: Scottish legislative programme 2012/13
Alex Salmond has unveiled the Scottish government's legislative programme for the coming year.
The SNP-majority government is bringing forward a total of 15 bills in 2012/13. Here are the details given to MSPs at Holyrood:
1. Adult Health & Social Care Integration Bill
The bill will reform planning and provision of adult health and social care services, with the aim of introducing "effective integration" between partners to deliver improved, nationally agreed outcomes.
It will establish joint accountability by health boards and councils for delivery of outcomes, integration of budgets, and improved commissioning and planning of services.
2. Bankruptcy Bill
The bill aims to modernise bankruptcy law, ensuring access to "fair and just processes of debt relief and debt management... which takes account of the rights and interests of those involved".
The government said the proposals would ensure that Scottish debt solutions were fair to both the indebted individual and creditor, returning as much as possible to creditors.
3. Better Regulation Bill
The bill will aim to improve the way regulations are applied, with specific measures to further reform planning and deliver a "simpler and more effective" legislative framework for environmental regulation and enforcement.
4. Budget Bill
The annual Budget Bill provides parliamentary approval for the Scottish government's spending plans.
5. Children and Young People Bill
The bill will aim to introduce a "coherent statutory framework" for planning and delivering services for children and young people.
It will include a commitment to delivering a minimum of 600 hours free early learning and childcare provision.
6. Criminal Justice Bill
The bill will reform and modernise the system for investigation and prosecution of crime in Scotland, following the reviews which have been carried out by Lord Carloway and Sheriff Principal Bowen.
This will include measures to abolish corroboration. At present, all key evidence presented in a criminal prosecution has to be backed by two sources - but Lord Carloway described the current system as "archaic".
7. Forth Estuary Transport Authority Bill
The bill will co-ordinate the management and maintenance of the Forth Road Bridge and the new crossing.
8. Land and Buildings Transaction Tax Bill
The bill will set out how the proposed replacement for stamp duty land tax will operate.
9. Landfill Tax Bill
The bill will put in place a replacement for landfill tax in Scotland, establishing the administration, charges and rules governing the new scheme.
10. Marriage and Civil Partnership Bill
The controversial proposals will allow same sex couples to marry, and will also allow civil partnerships to be registered through a religious ceremony.
However, no religious bodies or celebrants would have to take part in same-sex ceremonies against their will.
The government said ministers were "deeply committed to freedom of speech and religion" and that the concerns of those opposed to same-sex marriage would be properly addressed.
11. Post-16 Education Reform Bill
The bill will provide a legal basis for some aspects of government's plans for post-16 learning reform, with the aim of creating a system which is "better aligned to meet the needs of learners and employers, and therefore help drive jobs and growth".
It will examine issues such as college and university structure and provision, college regionalisation and widening access.
12. Procurement Reform Bill
The bill will establish a national legislative framework for "sustainable public procurement to support economic growth".
The government said it would aim to do this by "delivering community benefits, supporting innovation, considering environmental requirements and promoting public procurement processes and systems which are transparent, streamlined, standardised, proportionate, fair and business-friendly".
13. Referendum Bill
The bill aims to clear the way for an independence referendum to take place in autumn 2014.
It will include provisions for the date of the referendum, the franchise and the procedures to be followed.
The bill will also provide for oversight arrangements to ensure the referendum is run to the highest international standards, with the involvement of the Electoral Commission and Electoral Management Board.
14. Tribunals Bill
The bill will establish a new, simplified statutory framework for tribunals which determine devolved matters.
15. Victims and Witnesses Bill
The bill aims put victims' interests at the heart of improvements to the justice system and ensure that witnesses are able to fulfil their public duty effectively.
It will look to widen access to special measures, such as CCTV links to protect vulnerable witnesses, and ensure that offenders contribute to the cost of supporting victims.