Three bills passed

Three bills were passed when the Legislative Assembly began its fourth meeting.

They are an amendment to the Health Services Authority Law, an amendment to the Merchant Shipping Law, and an amendment to the Coat of Arms, Flag and National Song Law.

The HSA amendment sought to give indemnity to the Authority’s directors against liability for their actions in discharge of their duties unless it proven that they acted in bad faith. That Bill also transferred the Dr. Hortor Memorial Site to the National Housing and Community Trust for Affordable Housing development.

Amendments to the Merchant Shipping Law were aimed at keeping Cayman in step with international conventions on safety of life at sea. Also included were new provisions on maritime security.

The Coat of Arms, Flag and National Song amendment was aimed at enabling Members of the Legislative Assembly or candidates for the LA to use the coat of arms or flag during an election campaign, without having to seek approval of the Governor in Cabinet.

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East End MLA Arden McLean was concerned that this privilege on use of the coat of arms was extended to persons who simply declared an intention to run for office, but were is not yet nominated. He expressed the belief that some persons may act irresponsibly and disrespectful to the national symbols.

Presenter of the Bill, Chief Secretary George McCarthy, however said the electoral process would ensure that such abusers of the national symbols never get to hold high office.

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