Parliament

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.

Sinanan: Cyclists to be given same rights as motorists

Works and Transport Minister Rohan Sinanan says he will be taking a policy document to cabinet this Thursday aimed at protecting cyclists on the nation’s roadways.
Minister Sinanan was on the scene of today’s horrific double fatality along the Beetham Highway involving members of the Slipstream Cycling Club.

Moonilal referred to Privileges Committee for statement made to Hinds

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Bridgid Annisette-George has ruled that a prima facie case have been made out against Oropouche East MP, Dr Roodal Moonilal, fo a statement made in the House towards Laventille West MP Fitzgerald Hinds.

The Speaker had been asked to consider whether Moonilal breached Parliament's privileges, for telling Hinds, "Da is why Snake have some lead for you.” 

The following is the Speaker's ruling:

Moonilal views Privilege Committee referrals as PNM abuse

Oropouche East Member of Parliament, Dr Roodal Moonilal says the decision by Government Members of Parliament to call for him to be referred to the Privileges Committee of Parliament on two issues, is tantamount to harassment and intimidation.

In a statement today, Moonilal said, however, that he has faith in the institutions of Parliament and is not afraid of the process.

Dr Moonilal has been referred to the Privileges Committee for statements he made in the Lower House regarding Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and A&V Oil and Gas Limited.

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