Emergency Bill Law and Legal Definition

Emergency bill is a bill that takes effect immediately upon Governor’s approval.

Every state in U.S. have its own provisions regarding emergency bill. For example, in Maryland, “If a public local law is passed as an emergency bill or if a bill is declared by at least a four-fifths vote of the total membership of the board of county commissioners or two thirds where total board membership is three members to be an emergency bill affecting the public health, safety, or welfare of the county, the law shall take effect from the date of its passage. The term "emergency bill" shall not include one abolishing or creating any office, changing any salary, term, or duty of any officer, granting any franchise or special privilege or creating any vested right or interest.”[Md. Ann. Code art. 25B, § 10]