What is a hybrid bill?
A hybrid bill is a special type of government bill that has some of the features of a public bill and some of the features of a private bill. Unlike normal public bills, which change only the general law, a hybrid bill also contains special measures that affect particular people differently from others in the same category. Individuals or bodies who may be disadvantaged as a result of these measures are entitled to lodge objections to the hybrid bill, and their objections must be considered by the committee that is set up to scrutinise the bill.
The only hybrid bill that the Scottish Parliament has considered so far is the Forth Crossing Bill, which authorised the construction of a new bridge over the Firth of Forth, together with associated roadworks.