Parliament

INTERNATIONAL: New laws on crime, health and the environment in Queen's Speech

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.

Gov't will need Opposition support for major changes to Bail Act

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.

Padarath thrown out House after arguing with Speaker

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.

Campaign finance reform law soon - AG

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.

Unexplained Wealth Bill passed with full Opposition support

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.

 

 

 

No new homes for HDC Greenvale flood victims

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.

Chamber urges no more delays in passing Income Tax Amendment Bill

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.

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