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Published:Monday | April 12, 2021 | 12:18 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

The constitutionality of tough restrictions in the Tobacco Control Act, 2020, which seeks to create a firewall between players in the tobacco industry and government workers, was questioned by one legislator who is of the view that the proposed law...

Published:Thursday | April 8, 2021 | 12:23 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Director of the Overseas Employment Programme in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Delroy Palmer, says Jamaican farm workers travelling to Canada and the United States have the option of getting vaccinated while overseas. By this weekend...

Published:Wednesday | April 7, 2021 | 12:25 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

A coalition of 13 organisations on Tuesday urged the Government to introduce provisions in the National Identification and Registration Act, or the Data Protection Act (DPA), to remove a two-year period of exemption that would be applicable to the...

Published:Thursday | March 25, 2021 | 12:16 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

As the transitional process from the Registrar General’s Department (RGD) to the National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA) is set to get under way following the passage of the NIDS law, a trade union leader is cautioning against...

Published:Wednesday | March 24, 2021 | 12:16 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

The Opposition warned on Tuesday that amended coronavirus legislation giving the prime minister power, unfettered by Parliament, to make orders attracting criminal sanctions presented a dangerous overreach on democracy. But Opposition Leader Mark...

Published:Friday | March 19, 2021 | 12:30 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Contributors or mortgagors of the National Housing Trust (NHT) who have lost their jobs for 12 months or more will be able to access their contribution refunds one year in advance, effective this July. The initiative will expire in July 2022. And...

Published:Wednesday | March 17, 2021 | 12:30 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

An audit is under way into the roll-out of the AstraZeneca vaccine, which met with challenges in the first two days when some persons not slated to receive the jab were thrust to the front of the line to be inoculated. Permanent secretary in the...

Published:Friday | March 12, 2021 | 12:22 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Despite the Govern­ment’s proposed roll-out of its $60 billion SERVE Jamaica programme this fiscal year, the parliamentary Opposition says the administration’s budgetary allocation is insufficient to tackle the deepening economic and social fallout...

Published:Saturday | February 13, 2021 | 12:29 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

An internal audit conducted into the death of 81-year-old Noel Chambers, who had languished in inhumane conditions at the Tower Street Correctional Centre for four decades without trial, has been completed and is expected to be tabled in the Houses...

Published:Saturday | February 13, 2021 | 12:28 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

The Government has signalled that it is prepared to take any disciplinary actions warranted, based on investigations being conducted by the Office of the Services Commission and other oversight bodies, into allegations that correctional officers at...

Published:Wednesday | February 10, 2021 | 3:31 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Government member of Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Juliet Holness was peeved on Tuesday that nearly $550 million in benefits targeting the poorest of Jamaicans under the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH)...

Published:Wednesday | February 3, 2021 | 12:27 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Deputy Prime Minister Dr Horace Chang’s comment on Tuesday that the democratically elected Holness administration “cannot be vetoed in carrying out executive action in the face of crisis” triggered a warning from the parliamentary Opposition that...

Published:Thursday | January 28, 2021 | 12:28 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

The reason for granting a 60-day extension to Bengal Development Limited to pay a $40-million environment performance bond remains a mystery to the public. Members of the Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) ran into a brick...

Published:Wednesday | January 27, 2021 | 4:22 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Up to the period July 31, 2019 when the Audit Committee of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security (MLSS) presented its annual report to the ministry, the oversight body made adverse observations, including incorrect use of funds and lack of...

Published:Friday | January 22, 2021 | 12:13 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Eyebrows were raised during Thursday’s meeting of the Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) when works czar E.G. Hunter disclosed that only 22 per cent of members of parliament (MPs) have used the entire allocation for Christmas...

Published:Thursday | January 21, 2021 | 12:08 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Lawmakers were left peeved on Wednesday after a startling revelation that two newly constructed municipal corporation buildings have run afoul of their own guidelines for public buildings by failing to create full access by the disabled. Members of...

Published:Wednesday | January 20, 2021 | 12:19 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Deputy Auditor General Marlon McAdam dismissed on Tuesday a suggestion by Permanent Secretary (PS) Dr Alwin Hales that the Jamaica Urban Transit Company Limited (JUTC) did not breach government guidelines when it racked up $1.2 million in car-...

Published:Wednesday | January 20, 2021 | 12:18 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

A Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) worker whose salary skyrocketed by 304 per cent on an initial promotion after two months on the job, and ultimately 583 per cent on a second elevation within 13 months, has been described by the management of...

Published:Thursday | January 14, 2021 | 12:18 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

The Auditor General’s Department has strongly reprimanded the Ministry of Labour and Social Security for its inertia in responding to worrying internal audit findings that repeatedly flagged significant internal control deficiencies placing...

Published:Wednesday | January 6, 2021 | 12:22 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Julian Robinson, a member of the Joint Select Committee of Parliament examining the National Identification and Registration Act, 2020, has recommended that the proposed National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA) should be...

Published:Monday | December 21, 2020 | 12:14 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

As a joint select committee of Parliament sets in motion plans to deliberate on the new National Identification and Registration Act, 2020 (NIDS) in early January, one lawmaker is suggesting that the Government offer incentives for Jamaicans to...

Published:Saturday | December 19, 2020 | 12:15 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

The Andrew Holness administration is challenging the Supreme Court’s ruling that the detention of five men under the states of emergency (SOE) was unconstitutional. Speaking in the Senate yesterday, Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister Kamina...

Published:Wednesday | December 16, 2020 | 12:31 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

A new National Identification and Registration Act, 2020 (NIDS), was tabled in Parliament on Tuesday with significant departures from the previous controversial law that was struck down by the Supreme Court on April 20, 2019, as unconstitutional....

Published:Monday | December 14, 2020 | 12:07 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

National Security Minister Dr Horace Chang says zones of special operations (ZOSOs) established in volatile and depressed communities should seek to eliminate the influence of “benevolent dons” and position the security forces and state agencies as...

Published:Saturday | December 12, 2020 | 12:17 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

The Senate yesterday passed the Shipping (Amendment) Act, 2020, with two adjustments to make more complete provisions for the rights and living conditions of seafarers in line with the Maritime Labour Convention. Piloting the bill in the Upper...

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