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Golding to make another attempt to pass DNA bill in Senate

Published:Friday | December 11, 2015 | 9:14 AM
Yesterday, Golding ran into opposition from both sides of the aisle forcing him to ask for a suspension of the deliberations to seek advice from the Security Minister who piloted the bill in the Lower House.

Justice Minister Mark Golding will make another attempt today to have the Senate approve the proposed DNA law. 

Yesterday, Golding ran into opposition from both sides of the aisle forcing him to ask for a suspension of the deliberations to seek advice from the Security Minister who piloted the bill in the Lower House.

Opposition Senator, Marlene Malahoo Forte raised concerns about a clause in the bill which speaks to a prisoner transfer arrangement and the taking of DNA samples from persons transferred to Jamaica to complete their sentences.

She questioned whether there was a principal provision for prisoner transfer to Jamaica.

The Justice Minister said he was not aware that the prisoner transfer was being provided for.

 

Opposition Senator, Marlene Malahoo Forte addressing Justice Minister Mark Golding in the Senate

Government Senator K.D. Knight also expressed concern about the provision.

The Justice Minister then explained that the provision for prisoner transfer was included in the event it becomes necessary, but suggested that it be deleted from the bill.