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Senate to continue debate on Building bill

Published:Friday | December 8, 2017 | 10:11 AM

The Senate is today expected to continue debate on the Building bill, which seeks to establish a modern legislative framework aimed at reducing the vulnerability of Jamaica’s infrastructure.

The debate on the bill began last week Friday, with Leader of Government Business in the Senate, Kamina Johnson Smith, piloting the legislation.

Opening the debate, Senator Johnson Smith said it seeks to improve the overall efficiency of the building approval process while providing a framework for the effective management of the building industry.

She said the bill will also repeal the Kingston and St Andrew and Parish Council Building Acts.

Senator Johnson Smith pointed out that the bill will create and maintain standards for the construction and maintenance of physical structures and provide for a comprehensive approach to the development of the built environment in Jamaica and the promotion of sustainable development.

She said the provisions of the bill will help in reducing squatting in the island and make the country’s rural and urban spaces safer.

She noted that there are approximately 30,000 households in more than 700 informal settlements.

The legislation was passed with 24 amendments in the House of Representatives earlier this year.