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40 laws approved in Parliament since January

Published: Friday December 20, 2013 | 1:08 pm Comments 0

Justice Minister Mark Golding today disclosed that 40 laws have been approved by the Jamaican Parliament since January.

The average number of bills passed by the Parliament between 2009 and 2012 was less than 22, per year.

The Senator gave the update this morning in a statement marking the last sitting of the Upper House for this year.

Golding said seven of the laws passed were tax related.

He said about 16 of the bills were structural benchmarks for Jamaica’s programme with the International Monetary Fund, which required passage before December 31.

Senator Golding highlighted bills he said were significant such as the anti-lottery scam law, the Charities Act which removes ministerial powers to grant tax waivers, and the Security Interest in Personal Property law which expands the list of things that can be used by Jamaicans to obtain loans.

Meanwhile, Leader of Opposition Business, Tom Tavares-Finson said the number of bills passed is irrelevant if they are not implemented and positively impact on the lives of Jamaicans.

He said while the 40 bills have been passed, Jamaicans continue to be faced with increased levels of crime and violence.

The Justice Minister has told his colleagues to expect other significant legislation to come before Parliament next year.

He pointed to bills to deal with disabilities, occupational safety and health, road traffic and a legislation to establish a single anti-corruption agency.

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