LA opens today

The Legislative Assembly opens today in what will likely be a contentious Meeting.

Amid a flurry of recent allegations of corruption and lawbreaking flung by opposing sides of Parliament, an Anti-Corruption Bill is scheduled for laying on the table of the House.

Although it is only a discussion bill, and therefore cannot be debated, a private member’s motion was filed by Leader of the Opposition McKeeva Bush last month aimed at enacting anti-corruption and transparency laws. That private member’s motion can be debated, and likely will be adamantly.

There are several other private member’s motions be brought as well, including three by George Town MLA Alfonso Wright.

Mr. Wright is calling for a mandatory national photo identification system; a national hurricane conference to help Cayman Islands citizens better protect themselves from bad storms; and for the observance of certain protocols concerning the Cayman Islands flag and national song.

There are number of Parliamentary Questions that will be answered, although it is not known which ones, if any, of the ones recently submitted by Opposition Leader McKeeva Bush will be answered. Mr. Bush has submitted questions asking whether any arrangements have been made to lease part of the Pedro St. James facility to a commercial bar; whether there is any road works being carried out at night or on Sundays and the reason for such works; and whether the George Hicks and John Gray High Schools have principals in place for the coming school year.

Some of the many bills that may be voted on during the Meeting include the Freedom of Information Bill; the Customs (Amendment) Bill #2 and #3, and an amendment to the Customs Tariff Bill; and the Maritime Authority Bill.

The government also indicated it would bring a bill to the House a bill altering the mandatory 10-year prison sentence for possession of an unlicensed firearm, giving judges some discretion for a lesser sentence in exceptional circumstances.

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