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House of Assembly to meet November 13, 2017

- Second post hurricanes Irma & Maria meeting; This time it will be @ Ritter House on Wickham’s Cay II
The Arbitration Centre in Ritter House on Wickham’s Cay II, Tortola will be the venue for the Eleventh Sitting of the Second Session of the Third House of Assembly (HoA) on November 13, 2017. Photo: VINO
Junior Minister for Trade and Investment Promotion, Honourable Marlon A. Penn (R8) has promised again that the long-awaited Consumer Protection Bill is being worked on and that it is coming. Photo: VINO/File
Junior Minister for Trade and Investment Promotion, Honourable Marlon A. Penn (R8) has promised again that the long-awaited Consumer Protection Bill is being worked on and that it is coming. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Virgin Islands House of Assembly will meet again on Monday November 13, 2017 in its Eleventh Sitting of the Second Session of the Third House of Assembly (HoA).

The meeting, which is expected to get underway at 10:00 AM, will be held in the Arbitration Centre in Ritter House on Wickham’s Cay II, Tortola.

The HoA last met on October 5, 2017 at the Save the Seed Energy Centre in Duff's Bottom on the main island of Tortola. At that meeting there was little or no business done for the people as it was only to rush through a curfew law to restrict the rights and freedom of citizens.

Meanwhile, the draft Order Paper for the upcoming sitting has not been obtained by our newsroom, as it seems to be still going back and forth between the Speaker of the House and the Premier, therefore it was not ready for publication.

Bills for the people

In addition, Members have not received their official Order Paper, according to one Member as of our publication time.

It remains unclear whether the long-awaited Consumer Protection Bill will be on the agenda.

Following Hurricane Irma, which destroyed the Virgin Islands, some businesses have engaged in price gouging and the National Democratic Party (NDP) has for the most part ignored the issues, beside some political rhetoric of telling businesses they should stop engaging in that practice.

Junior Minister for Trade and Investment Promotion, Honourable Marlon A. Penn (R8) promised again the Consumer Protection Bill is being worked on and that it is coming.

Also, pending for some ten years is the Freedom of Information Bill, a piece of legislation the public, regional and international organisations, civil society, the media and even former Governor John S. Duncan OBE have been calling for to ensure the public has access to decisions made by the NDP Administration, and have access to government documents.

Since the 2011 general elections that saw the NDP come to power, the public has been increasingly dissatisfied with the secrecy surrounding government policy, especially in the areas of spending.

Public officers, Ministers of Governments and Non-Governmental Organisations and others have been leaking government information to the press, risking their own jobs about corruption, conflict of interest and financial mismanagement.

The public awaits to see if these two pieces of legislation will make the agenda of the November 13, 2017 meeting.

It is also unclear if there will be live coverage of the event at Ritter House.

11 Responses to “House of Assembly to meet November 13, 2017”

  • Chuck (07/11/2017, 16:36) Like (18) Dislike (2) Reply
    Nobody gives a f/@k if they meet or not. This whole party just need to go!
    • Reply (08/11/2017, 00:53) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
      I agree a big circus according to ms p
    • press (08/11/2017, 07:00) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      What we need is a 3hr press conference with all the ministers, the people have a lot of questions they need honest answers to
  • RTT (08/11/2017, 01:36) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Rita House ..finally we know who owns the "House" . If the Gov. was not such an honourable man he would smile .
  • Street reporter. Hot issues. (08/11/2017, 06:42) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    People are waiting on the salary cuts and when will it starts...2/ people are waiting on News on the rebuilding loan and where it is coming from..3/...People want to know why some insurance companies are taking so long..4/.People are Hoping they take a serious look at that labour law and make some adjusment./" How can a worker be sent home for 3 months still be under the control of the employer without getting an income from the employer. The employer needs to pay the employee some sort of income until the employer releases the authority over the employee..(People still have to eat and pay bills) three months laid off employees need to know their Job status at lease 2 to 3 weeks before the three months expire not when they show up to work after 3 months they are been told their job have been made redundant....Even the employers that sending people home saying the law is bad but they are operating within the guide line of the law....
  • March of 1949 (08/11/2017, 07:31) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    People need to start marching for justice in this country
    • wize up (08/11/2017, 21:00) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      March of 1949: the majorty of persons in this territory are documented workers and they won't march because of victimisation: the people to march now lives in the USVI or Main Land USA(!so keep dreaming about that March)
  • Hmm (08/11/2017, 09:38) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    All that talk but she don't want the Governor swearing in , in the House of Assembly and look what happen now, not even she can work from it. Remember what goes around comes back around Boom!
    • smdh (08/11/2017, 10:46) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Never bite the hand that used to feed you. You might well need a meal again in the future.
  • TheShip. (08/11/2017, 22:39) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    When them were throwing in the tornadoes in Irma..they gave instructions to mash up HOA offices and HOA Building, including the black jeep. You think tis joke? The coordinates were on.point. Them say tek that for messing with your Queen.
    • God sees everything (09/11/2017, 06:44) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

      I guess daughter cant get pick up any more on tax payers dime



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