The government of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has set out "ambitious" policies on crime, health, the environment and Brexit in a Queen's Speech that opposition parties have dismissed as an "election manifesto".
Plans for tougher sentences for violent offenders and legal targets for cutting plastic pollution are among 26 bills set out at Parliament's State Opening.
But with the PM having no majority, many of the bills may not become law.
The government has announced plans to amend the Bail Act to make it harder for offenders of firearm and other serious crimes to access bail.
The sweeping legislation would require the support of the Opposition as it will need a special majority of the Parliament.
The legislation will include:
* 1st offence with a firearm, no bail for up to 120 days
For those who are already on bail, and commits a crime, the legislation will seek to ensure that NO BAIL is given.
The following are the categories of crime outlined by the minister.
Opposition Member of Parliament for Princes Town, Barry Padarath has been asked to leave the Parliament for today after House Speaker Bridget Annisette-George found him to be in breach of the standing orders.
Padarath was seeking clarification about the impact of water shortages in his constituency, on schools located there.
However, the House Speaker did not allow one of the questions, resulting in a loud outburst by Padarath.
The proposed Campaign Finance Reform legislation (CFR) will be brought to Parliament in a couple weeks, Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi says.
He gave the yesterday estimate in response to queries from Opposition Senator Gerald Ramdeen, who asked if the Non-Profit Organisations (NPO) bill would extend to political parties.
The Civil Asset Recovery and Management and Unexplained Wealth Bill, 2019 has been passed in the House of Representatives with the full support of the Opposition.
There were no objections or abstentions when the vote was taken, with 34 members voting for the bill and none against.
The House adjourned to a date to be fixed.
The Controversial Bill went through more than five hours in the Committee Stage where the government presented some amendments before it was eventually passed.
While the Housing Development Corporation (HDC) is not considering relocating Greenvale residents who were hit by the October floods, some residents have also withdrawn relocation requests because of flood mitigation programmes.
Housing Minister Edmund Dillon made both points in the Senate on Monday. He was questioned by the Opposition concerning the situation with HDC’s 634 Greenvale development residents who were severely affected by the October floods.
The Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce is warning that delay-tactics regarding the passage of the Income Tax Amendment Bill will negatively impact an already fragile economy and the stability in this country's financial system.
In a statement it issued today, the Chamber says cross-border tax regulations are fast becoming the norm in global business.