Legislators get back to work

| 09/07/2010

(CNS): The country’s political representatives will return to the Legislative Assembly this morning (9 July) in order to resume work on the mounting legislative changes and new policies government plans to introduce. The premier indicated at the last meeting that changes to the planning and immigration laws would be coming to the House at the next sitting. Followingthe budget debate and the completion of Finance Committee, the LA is now working through a number of amendments to existing laws as well as introducing a number of new bills, from the charities law to the new national honours bill passed during the last sitting. (Photo by Dennie Warren Jr)

 Legislators have also amended the custom’s tariff bill to add the duty increase of 25 cents per gallon on fuel, and the Public Management Service Law was amended to enable government to take back the 3.2% cost of living allowance from civil servants.The MLAs will also be working for 3.2% less from now on after amendments were made during the budget session to reduce their salaries from 1 July. The premier and opposition leader have had their earnings cut by ten percent.
Check back to CNS later for details of today’s proceedings.  
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  1. Anonymous says:

    news policies government plans to introduce

    Double entendre, Freudian slip or perhaps both.

    On a slightly more serious editorial note, would it not be more correct to say that the Premier’s parliamentary salary is being cut by 10% rather than his earnings? Has there been any suggestion that any double-dipping pension payments are also being reduced?

    CNS Note: "news" typo, now corrected

    • Anonymous says:

      So correct, the Parliamentary Salary cut is probabley less than 1% of the Premier’s "earnings".

      CNS: Does the Premier also collect a "Parliamentary Pension" payment each month in addition to the Parliamentary Salary?

      CNS: We have made an FOI request concerning this.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Back to work, where the heck were they! Does that include Mack?

    • Beachboi says:

      The legislature cannot meet unless the premier is present as far as I know and he was in Jamaica on vacation. 

      They only meet two days, mabye three, a week anyway unless there is something to argue about.  Then they listen to the premier rant into the night so that it will be reported and we will think that they are actually hard at work running the country.

      • Anonymous says:

        He was in Jamaica for the Caricom meetings with Mr. Ellio Solomon. Why don’t you get your facts straight and do something productive for this country! CHECK THE PAPERS oh wait not anything but a picture located in them.