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Parliament warned about passing new laws without proper research

Published:Tuesday | October 22, 2013 | 7:50 AM

A Government senator says laws to fight crime are being passed by Jamaica’s Parliament without sufficient examination of the effectiveness of previous anti-crime legislations.



Lambert Brown made the observation while contributing to a debate on amendments to the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) in the Senate last Friday.



He says since POCA’s passage in 2007, there have been no reports to the Parliament on the effectiveness of the legislation in assisting with crime fighting.



Brown says with the absence of reports, legislators approve new laws without knowing if previous objectives were met.



The trade unionist says it is important that decisions that impact Jamaicans be evidence driven.



The Senate approved the POCA amendments which included the imposition of a $1 million cap on cash transactions.



The amendments are aimed at curbing money laundering while at the same time plugging a major source of revenue leakage.



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