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​Councillors to take summer recess, House approves amendment

Published:Wednesday | July 19, 2017 | 7:02 AMJerome Reynolds

The House of Representatives yesterday approved an amendment to the Local Government Act which allows councillors to take summer break.

The law now exempts municipal corporations from holding a council meeting in the month of August.

Previously, the law mandated that all local authorities must meet every month.

In piloting the bill, Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie said the amendment will give legal backing to a longstanding practice among municipal councils.

 

Local Government Minister, Desmond McKenzie

The passage of the amendment came a year after a row between councillors and the Local Government Ministry.

At that time, the ministry had warned councillors that they could face sanctions if they failed to meet for the month of August.

However, the councillors pushed back arguing that it has been a long practice for municipal councils to go into recess in August.