According to a release from the People’s Action Movement, (PAM), the Integrity in Public Life Bill, 2011 was this week submitted to the clerk of the National Assembly, Mr. Jose Lloyd.
Making the presentation to the clerk of the House was People’s Action Movement Deputy Political Leader Mr. Eugene Hamilton, who did so, on behalf of the Leader of the Opposition Mr. Mark Brantley, on Tuesday 19th April, 2011. According to the PAM release, Mr. Hamilton submitted the Private Members’ Bill, which was accompanied by a formal request that it be entered in the Order Book and be listed under Public Business – Private Members Business and included on the order paper of the upcoming sitting of the National Assembly.
Hamilton is said to have also given notice that in accordance with the said Standing Orders, the Opposition Leader Mr. Mark Brantley will seek leave for the introduction of the said Bill and its First Reading at the next Meeting of the National Assembly.
The PAM MP said “This is the beginning of what is going to be a historic moment in our parliamentary and political history.”
Mr. Hamilton continued, “The Integrity in Public Life and Freedom of Information Acts are extremely important pieces of legislation that the public has been calling for over the last 10 years. My party colleague and Deputy Political Leader Mr. Shawn Richards and Sen. Vincent Byron, along with fellow opposition Parliamentarians, Federal Opposition Leader Mark Brantley and Vance Amory are of course all onboard with the tabling of this landmark Bill.”
“Hopefully by Thursday we will at first have the first reading of the Bill, and leave it for public discussion for a little while before going to a second reading,” the Constituency Eight representative said.
The National Assembly will next convene on Thursday 28th April at 10:00 A.M.
The meeting scheduled for the National Assembly Chambers on the Second Floor of Government Headquarters will be the fourth meeting for the year.