Multiple Bills Signal Busy Session For Legislators
A number of Bills have been introduced by Premier and Minister for Finance Andrew Fahie in the House of Assembly.
During the First Sitting of the Third Session of the Fourth House of Assembly on Thursday, November 5, 2020, he introduced five Bills relating to the use of technology.
These Bills are the Data Protection Act 2019, the Electronic Transfer of Funds Act 2019, the Electronic Filing Act 2019, Electronic Transactions Act 2019 and the Audio Visual Link (Amendment) Act 2020.
Hon. Fahie, who is also the Leader of Government’s Business, said he would inform the HoA of the provisions of each Bill during the second reading.
In the meantime, Attorney General Dawn Smith also introduced two bills for first reading. The first is Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court Virgin Islands (Amendment) Act 2020 and the second is the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court Virgin Islands (Amendment) Act 2020.
She too stated that the provisions would be read per Bill during the second reading of the Bills.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Minister for Education Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries, and Agriculture Dr. the Hon. Natalio Wheatley seconded the motions.
The Bills would have to be debated and passed in the HoA before it heads off to His Excellency Governor Augustus Jaspert for ascent.