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More bills, no public Input at Oct. 2, 2018 HoA Sitting

The House of Assembly (HoA) will convene for the second sitting of the fourth session on Tuesday October 2, 2018 in Road Town, Tortola, the capital city. Photo: VINO/File
Premier and Minister of Finance Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) still plan to move a motion for the introduction and first reading of the Bill entitled, “Merchant Shipping (Amendment) Act, 2018”. Photo: GIS/File
Premier and Minister of Finance Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) still plan to move a motion for the introduction and first reading of the Bill entitled, “Merchant Shipping (Amendment) Act, 2018”. Photo: GIS/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The House of Assembly (HoA) will convene for the second sitting of the fourth session on Tuesday October 2, 2018 in Road Town, Tortola, the capital city of the Virgin Islands (VI).

With a total of three Bills on the order paper, there has been no public input or preview to the content of the bills as is usually the case. However, outgoing Premier and Minister of Finance Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) still plan to move a motion for the introduction and first reading of the Bill entitled, “Merchant Shipping (Amendment) Act, 2018”.

What are these Bills About?

The average men and women on the streets do not know what the bills contain nor how it will improve their lives. On the Order Paper there will be the Second and Third Readings where The Minister for Education and Culture is to move a motion on the Bill entitled, “Prison Act, 2018”. It is also unclear what is in that Bill.

In addition, the Attorney General is to move a motion for the Second and Third Readings of the Bill entitled, “Human Rights Commission Act, 2018”.

For years the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) has brought several Bills to the House and there has been no public input, informational sessions nor proper explanation by most Members of the Legislature, as to what the bills represent.

Legal or Moral AG ink opinion

Some have claimed that many elected Members who usually vote for the New Bills are not even aware of its contents, although at times, House informal session are held to go over the documents.

At the October 2, 2018 meeting, the Attorney General Baba Aziz is also expected to give his opinion on the Speaker of the HoA, Mrs. Ingrid A. Moses-Scatliffe remaining in her chair while running for Office with the Hon Myron V. Walwyn (AL) fraction of the NDP.

5 Responses to “More bills, no public Input at Oct. 2, 2018 HoA Sitting”

  • Interested (01/10/2018, 16:51) Like (8) Dislike (10) Reply
    What exactly are you trying to start now. Since when is there public previews of bills coming to the house ?
  • Concerned (01/10/2018, 17:24) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    The premier seems as if he does not care what he does now Ashe will not be there to answer. While he continues to bring bills, he must see that the high school is urgently needed to be repaired or rebuilt. They have our children suffering. It is easy for our children to get in harms way with this split system. Uniformed students can be seen all over the placement any time of the day.
    • Youth (02/10/2018, 08:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Concerned. Please be thankful that our children have at least half day to go to school. In many other places children would be so happy to attend school. Our heavenly father could have destroyed every in this place but he had mercy. Please for heaven sake when you get up in the morning thank God for waking us up and to guide us every step our the way. I am tired of the negativity when I read the news sight. Let us get in the morning with positivity and encourage. I am thankful for the time is given to our children, thank you god.

      Have a bless day BVI.
  • ... (01/10/2018, 17:49) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
    No Bills We need Food


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