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UPDATE: HoA continues at 1:00 PM today November 17, 2017

Virgin Islands’ Parliament will continue today November 17, 2017 from 1:00 P.M. at the Government's Arbitration Center in Ritter House on Wickham’s Cay II, Tortola. Photo: VINO/File
Ritter House: The Marriage (Amendment Act) 2017, which reportedly is to give way for marriage to happen the same day, is one of the bills yet to be debated in the House of Assembly. Photo: VINO
Ritter House: The Marriage (Amendment Act) 2017, which reportedly is to give way for marriage to happen the same day, is one of the bills yet to be debated in the House of Assembly. Photo: VINO
From left: Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith (AL) and Opposition Member and Third District Representative Hon Julian Fraser RA. The highlight of the last sitting was the Opposition Members peppering Premier Smith with questions surrounding the true estimated damage from Hurricane Irma, loans being sought for rebuilding, BVI Airways and others. Photo: VINO/File
From left: Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith (AL) and Opposition Member and Third District Representative Hon Julian Fraser RA. The highlight of the last sitting was the Opposition Members peppering Premier Smith with questions surrounding the true estimated damage from Hurricane Irma, loans being sought for rebuilding, BVI Airways and others. Photo: VINO/File
On November 13, 2017 during the Eleventh Sitting of the Second Session of the Third House of Assembly (HoA), Speaker Hon Ingrid A. Moses had to bail Premier Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith (AL) by invoking the two- question follow up rule and at one point even told Premier Smith the Opposition Leader was asking for his opinion and he was not obligated to answer to the particular question. Photo: VINO/File
On November 13, 2017 during the Eleventh Sitting of the Second Session of the Third House of Assembly (HoA), Speaker Hon Ingrid A. Moses had to bail Premier Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith (AL) by invoking the two- question follow up rule and at one point even told Premier Smith the Opposition Leader was asking for his opinion and he was not obligated to answer to the particular question. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The House of Assembly (HoA) of the Virgin Islands will continue today November 17, 2017 at the Government's Arbitration Center in Ritter House on Wickham’s Cay II, Tortola.

The Sitting will see the continuation of debates on two remaining bills out of four. It was on November 16, 2017 that the legislature passed the Financial Services (Special Circumstances) Act 2017 and was later retitled to the Continuity of Business Act 2017.

This bill is to allow for the local financial services providers to temporally operate in other countries.

Yesterday November 16, 2017 the Parliament also passed the Partnership (Amendment) Act, 2017. This Act is to allow the Territory to market Limited Partnership as another investment tool.

Back to committee of the whole House

Today November 17, 2017 when the session continues at 1:00 PM they will return to committee on the Micro Business Companies Act 2017. It was unclear from the debate what this bill does.

The other piece of Legislation on the Order Paper is the Marriage (Amendment Act) 2017. It is our understanding that this is to give way for marriage to happen the same day.

In an amended Order Paper, not released to the public but obtained by our newsroom, there is yet another bill- entitled Limited Partnership Act 2017.

Its unclear what this other piece of legislation does.

See previous article published November 16, 2017

House of Assembly continues today November 16, 2017

The Eleventh Sitting of the Second Session of the Third House of Assembly of the Virgin Islands (VI) will continue at 10:00 A.M. today Thursday November 16, 2017 at the Arbitration Centre, Ritter House, Wickham's Cay II.

The VI Parliament last met on Monday November 13, 2017 and the highlight was the questions posed to the Premier, Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL), by the two Member Virgin Islands Party Opposition.

It revealed that Dr Smith, who is also the Minister of Finance, was not prepared with accurate answers, mislead the Parliament, contradicted himself and flat out lied to the public.

More Bills without public input

At today's session, the group is expected to take on the 2nd and 3rd readings of three bills.

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

Also under Private Members Business it will be an opportunity for elected members to bring their grievances or pet projects to the public, rant against businesses or persons they dislike or use the opportunity to start the 2019 campaign.

It is unclear whether the session will be carried live on radio.

See link to related article:

http://www.virginislandsnewsonline.com/en/news/more-lies-dr-smith-commits-vi-to-new-285m-cdb-loan

 

7 Responses to “UPDATE: HoA continues at 1:00 PM today November 17, 2017”

  • Requesting (16/11/2017, 09:21) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    I need radio who sells am radio these days?
  • one eye (17/11/2017, 07:30) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    I like that photo VINO
  • help help (17/11/2017, 12:03) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    No one to help us on these laundry list of bills yall
  • Anegada cry (17/11/2017, 12:39) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Can you all please see to this situation... here in Anegada with these ferry services..
    How can you honestly reach in town @11... and be back to catch the ferry@3.. just three and a half.hours.
    Man only those that feels it... knows it.

    If you go to the bank to get money to shop.. then the day is done.. Sometimes the bank is so full , have to wait out side.

    But who cares.. AFTER ALL... It's just Anegada.


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