The Local Government (Experimental Arrangements) Bill allows for councils to change their decision making powers subject to ministerial and Parliamentary approval. Arrangements could include elected mayors, cabinet-style one-party committees, councillors with executive powers and backbench style scrutiny.
It is currently awaiting its committee stage in the House of Lords.
Since it has government backing, ministers and the Local Government Association hoped it would have a smooth passage through Parliament.
Supporters of Lord Hunt's Bill will probably have to wait until late February or early March to see if it is likely to reach the statute books.