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Public input invited on special zones of operation bill

Published:Wednesday | June 14, 2017 | 4:50 PM

A Joint Select Committee of Parliament reviewing the Bill to establish special security operations zones is inviting members of the public to give their opinions on the draft legislation.

Submissions must be made in writing by June 20.

They can be sent to the Clerk to the Houses at Gordon House, at 81 Duke Street, Kingston.

They can also be sent by email to clerk@japarliament.gov.jm.

A copy of the Bill entitled ‘The Law Reform (Zones of Special Operations) (Special Security and Community Development Measures) Act, 2017’, may be found on the Parliament’s website, www.japarliament.gov.jm, under the heading “Publications”.

A release from Gordon House says persons who make a submission, may be required to appear before the Committee at short notice to clarify their opinions.

The Joint Select Committee of Parliament met for the first time yesterday and has committed to completing its work in two weeks.

Under the new measure, the prime minister will have the power to declare any geographically defined area within a single continuous boundary a zone of special operations for up to two months.

It can be further extended to 120 days.

The legislation would authorise the security forces to search places, vehicles or persons within specific areas without a warrant, among other things.