Testy exchange between Brown and Johnson Smith as Senate passes resolution on gaming machine operators
The Senate this morning passed resolutions to include public accountants and gaming machine operators on the list of designated persons and entities now required by law to report on the financial transactions of their customers.
The resolutions, which are attached to the Terrorism Prevention Act, put Jamaica in line with international agreements on anti-money laundering and terrorism financing.
Before the law was passed, there was a testy exchange between Leader of Government Business, Kamina Johnson Smith, and opposition Senator, Lambert Brown, during the discussion on the gaming machine operator resolution.
Brown sought clarification on whether the new regulation would apply to bar operators and similar small establishments.
He charged that the government had a role to ensure that the public is properly informed before passing regulations that will impact them.
In her response, Johnson Smith said the opposition senator would not need clarification had he read the document.