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Bills to get 1st, 2nd & 3rd readings in HoA today, Nov 13, 2017

- New Financial Services (Special Circumstances) Act 2017 to be introduced
Financial Services Commission Headquarters in Pasea Estate, Tortola. The Financial Services (Special Circumstances) Act 2017 will get its first reading in the House of Assembly today, November 13, 2017. Photo: VINO/File
Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) is to give the first reading of the Financial Services (Special Circumstances) Act 2017 in the House of Assembly today, November 13, 2017. Photo: VINO/File
Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) is to give the first reading of the Financial Services (Special Circumstances) Act 2017 in the House of Assembly today, November 13, 2017. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The public, civil society and the media have long complained that Bills are introduced in the House of Assembly (HoA) without proper explanation by the mover of the bills, public meetings for input from stakeholders and an attempt to explain to the ordinary man and woman how the legislation will improve their lives.

It appears also that at each sitting of the HoA there is a new bill or one to be amended on the Financial Services sector and perhaps rightly so, as the international community changes the rule ever so often. Today is no different as Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) is to give the first reading to yet another new bill entitled Financial Services (Special Circumstances) Act 2017.

You on your own for information

Usually, when a call is made to the Attorney General’s Chambers or the mover of the bill, the public and the media are told to “check when the Bill is Gazetted.”

However, it is not all times that the public, especially the ordinary person with no legal training or interest, understands these bills.

More Readings

Today, Monday November 13, 2017 at the Eleventh Sitting of the Second Session of the Third House of Assembly, three bills will get their second and third readings.

They are the Marriage (Amendment) Act 2017, the Micro Business Companies Act, 2017 and the Limited Partnership Act 2017.

Following the third reading, the bill is then passed by the Parliament, then sent to the Governor for signature.

The public for the most part has not a clue what these bills entail or if and how it can improve people’s lives as they struggle to recover from Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the two hurricanes that destroyed their homes, cars, businesses, boats, lives or might have killed a loved one.

9 Responses to “Bills to get 1st, 2nd & 3rd readings in HoA today, Nov 13, 2017”

  • Dollarise (13/11/2017, 10:41) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am yet to see any thin in the local news about the Paradise Papers are we really going to keep it on the low and hope it blows over? or are we so internally focused that we not seeing whats happening around us?
    • @ dollarise (13/11/2017, 11:06) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      what's the bill deal?
    • @Dollarise (13/11/2017, 12:09) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply

      The Paradise Papers is @#$% and it says multiple times throughout the articles that NOTHING, NONE of the business dealings are illegal! It's only making news because of the high profiles of the people involved. Moving right along....

      • Perhaps... (13/11/2017, 16:25) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        Perhaps, yet this did not stop the media, the FSC and the government from persecuting the former Trust company which had a similar (smaller) data theft. Is it poli-tricks or complexion influencing the difference in handling?
  • in fact (13/11/2017, 11:04) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    They themselves in the house of assembly donot even know whats in the bills let alone we the people
  • Really (13/11/2017, 12:17) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    Most people know how who each Kardashian is dating, what size panties they wear etc. so why can't they spend the necessary time and effort trying to understand the bread and butter of their Territory? What stakeholders and public meetings are you talking about? Don't you think the industry is consulted before Bills like this are passed? These are serious times and we continue to play poltical bullshit games with our country.
  • ... (13/11/2017, 14:22) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Good piece vino
  • BVI concerned (13/11/2017, 18:26) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    What is really going with the NDP Government? Premier Smith what are you doing? The Governor need to deserve the house of Government. How can the government up and down passed bill in Parliament in times like these which don't need to address at this time. The people of the BVI don't even have roofing over their head. NDP Government you all need to stop. The premier can't he see the roads needs his priorities.
  • ? (14/11/2017, 19:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Where an we find details about these acts?


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