Highlights of spring sitting of legislature
June 26, 2012
Government House Leader Highlights Accomplishments of Spring Session
Government House Leader Jerome Kennedy today highlighted accomplishments of the spring sitting of the House of Assembly, which has been the longest sitting of the legislature since 1994, and saw 35 pieces of legislation passed.
“During this lengthy sitting of the House, our government presented our Speech from the Throne, mapping out our priorities for the coming year; we unveiled Budget 2012 – People and Prosperity with important investments for the people and communities of our province; and we presented a robust legislative agenda,” said Minister Kennedy. “Our government was criticized for not opening the house in the fall after we took office following the general election but it was absolutely essential that our budget and the legislation we would propose were thoroughly prepared and ready for debate on the floor of the House. The fact is we opened the House of Assembly on March 5th, the earliest a spring session has opened in recent memory, and sat for longer than any other sitting since 1994.”
Minister Kennedy noted the importance of the legislation that was passed in the House during this spring session, highlighting amendments to the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act, the Labour Relations Act, and the Fatalities Investigations Act. There were also six new bills introduced and passed including An Act to Regulate the Personal Services Industry.
Details on legislation can be found at http://www.assembly.nl.ca/legislation. Details specifically on the spring sitting legislation can be found at http://www.assembly.nl.ca/business/bills/ga47session1.htm or http://www.assembly.nl.ca/legislation/sr/lists/statcurses&other/StatCurSes.htm.
Government Members Office
Links to some relevant news releases:
Amendment to Act Allows for Easier Access to Disability Saving Plans (An Act to Amend the Enduring Powers of Attorney Act)
Volunteer Firefighters’ Tax Credit Recognizes Vital Service (Income Tax Act, 2000)
Amendments to Legislation Aim to Modernize and Enhance Operation and Oversight of Aquaculture Industry (Aquaculture Act)
Amendments to the Student Financial Assistance Act to Enhance Student Aid Program in Newfoundland and Labrador (Student Financial Assistance Act)
Legislative Amendments Enable City of St. John’s to Streamline Commercial Taxation (City of St. John’s Act and the City of St. John’s Municipal Taxation Act)
Amendments Support Continued Implementation of Waste Management Strategy (Regional Service Boards Act and the Municipal Affairs Act)