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Published:Friday | December 2, 2022 | 12:13 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

The proposed bail law may contravene Jamaica’s Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms because the provisions cannot be shown to be “demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society”, a law lecturer warned a parliamentary committee...

Published:Thursday | December 1, 2022 | 12:10 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Despite employing its Yard to Yard Find the Child Initiative earlier this year to re-engage unaccounted-for high- and primary-school students during the heights of COVID-19, the Ministry of Education and Youth is reporting that more than 7,000 are...

Published:Wednesday | November 23, 2022 | 12:18 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Arguing that he took an oath in Parliament to defend the Constitution of Jamaica, Opposition Leader Mark Golding said that he could not support an extension of the current states of emergency (SOEs) imposed a week ago. Debating the extension for...

Published:Wednesday | November 23, 2022 | 12:17 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

The offence of murder could soon attract more stringent penalties as the Government prepares to take legislation to Parliament in a matter of weeks to increase the minimum sentencing for the heinous crime to 30 years. Prime Minister Andrew Holness...

Published:Saturday | November 12, 2022 | 12:09 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Government Senator Don Wehby is pushing for an amendment to the Proceeds of Crime Act to allow for unexplained wealth orders as a means of bolstering the country’s response to crime. Unexplained wealth orders have been introduced in other...

Published:Tuesday | November 8, 2022 | 12:09 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

At least one civil society group is expressing concern that parliamentarians have been operating without a code of conduct despite pledges to craft and implement one from as far back as 2009. The concern is highlighted even as an impeachment bill...

Published:Saturday | November 5, 2022 | 12:10 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister Kamina Johnson Smith is warning Jamaicans who engage in commercial fishing outside of the country’s maritime borders to desist from the illegal practice as it could land them in trouble with the law in...

Published:Friday | October 21, 2022 | 12:11 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Head of National Integrity Action (NIA), Professor Trevor Munroe, wants lawmakers to search for “balance” as they review the so-called gag clause in the Integrity Commission Act, 2017, a provision that continues to be hotly debated among...

Published:Thursday | October 20, 2022 | 12:10 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Prime Minister Andrew Holness and House Speaker Marisa Dalrymple Philibert have been urged to “sanction” William ‘J.C.’ Hutchinson, a member of the executive, for actions adjudged to constitute a conflict of interest and for being cited for...

Published:Wednesday | October 19, 2022 | 12:11 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

The tightly held “secret and confidential” information in relation to Quarterly Contract Award (QCA) reports of public bodies may once again see the light of day as officials at Jamaica’s single anti-corruption body continue to push for an...

Published:Wednesday | October 12, 2022 | 12:13 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has defended the action of the Government to demolish 10 incomplete structures on reserved lands adjacent to the Clifton community in the Greater Bernard Lodge Development Area in St Catherine, charging that if left...

Published:Tuesday | October 11, 2022 | 12:10 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

A 73-year-old law introduced in Jamaica when there was no cure for leprosy is to be repealed. The Leprosy Act of 1949 makes provision for, and regulates, the custody and treatment of persons with leprosy, also known as Hansen’s disease. In 2011,...

Published:Saturday | October 8, 2022 | 12:08 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Leader of Opposition Business Phillip Paulwell has given notice that the parliamentary Opposition intends to invoke Standing Order 17B, more commonly referred to as Prime Minister’s (PM) Question Time, on Tuesday, when the head of Government is...

Published:Thursday | October 6, 2022 | 12:11 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

The Bail Act 2022 tabled in Parliament on Wednesday has introduced new provisions that may deny bail to someone accused of committing murder within a zone of special operations (ZOSO), or in an area where a curfew or state of public emergency has...

Published:Saturday | October 1, 2022 | 12:08 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Opposition Senator Gabriela Morris stirred controversy in the upper House on Friday, triggering a spirited response from government senators when she castigated Education Minister Fayval Williams for reportedly suggesting that a particular dress...

Published:Friday | September 30, 2022 | 12:12 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Members of a joint select committee reviewing the Jamaica Teaching Council Act, 2022, have agreed with a recommendation from a key education stakeholder that a person masquerading as a teacher should face tougher penalties than a teacher who has...

Published:Wednesday | September 28, 2022 | 12:09 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

The Upper House plugged a hole in the highly touted Firearms Prohibition and Restriction Act on Friday when Opposition Senator Donna Scott-Mottley pointed out a provision in the proposed law that may have opened the door for a criminal to hand in...

Published:Friday | September 23, 2022 | 12:13 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Leader of opposition business in the Senate, Peter Bunting, described as disgraceful and shameful the alleged denial by the Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA) of a personal gun permit to a policeman who has served in the Jamaica Constabulary Force...

Published:Wednesday | August 10, 2022 | 12:05 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

MEMBER OF Parliament for St Andrew Western Anthony Hylton has voiced support for plans by the Government to close down the Riverton City dump. Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced on Friday that the Government was moving to decommission the...

Published:Saturday | August 6, 2022 | 12:10 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has declared that the most outstanding achievement of the nation in the last decade was the political consensus around sustainable fiscal management and debt. At the same time, Opposition Leader Mark Golding wants...

Published:Friday | July 29, 2022 | 12:13 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Education and Youth Minister Fayval Williams has committed that the Government will begin the process of developing policy for the homeschooling sector in Jamaica. The pledge came Thursday as homeschooling parents appearing before a joint select...

Published:Friday | May 27, 2022 | 1:27 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Members of a joint select committee reviewing the Cybercrimes Act, 2015, placed the microscope Thursday on the various forms of online fraud, like those perpetrated against National Commercial Bank (NCB) customers in the last two weeks, to ensure...

Published:Thursday | April 28, 2022 | 12:09 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

The Toll Authority of Jamaica is pushing for legislative authority to impose fines on pedestrians who encroach on toll roads and to penalise motorists for tailgating. An agency of the Ministry of Transport and Mining, the Authority also wants...

Published:Wednesday | April 27, 2022 | 12:10 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Former Clarendon Northern Member of Parliament (MP) Horace Dalley has apologised for not filing his statutory declarations with the Integrity Commission on time in keeping with provisions set out in the Integrity Commission Act. Dalley, who lost...

Published:Saturday | April 23, 2022 | 12:05 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Head of the School of Education at The University of the West Indies, Mona, Dr Marcia Rainford, has expressed concern that the definition of a teacher in the Jamaica Teaching Council Act, 2022, eliminates most educators at the early childhood level...

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