The Legislative Assembly faces a packed agenda that includes 18 bills and several other legislative and regulatory amendments as the House prepares to resume on Wednesday.

The meeting is expected to be the last one before the Christmas period.

Among the bills to be considered by legislators are the Customs and Border Control Bill and the Immigration (Transition) Bill, which address the merging of the Customs and Immigration departments and the establishment of the Workforce Opportunities and Residency Cayman agency. A third related bill is the Advance Passenger Information Bill, which seeks to set up a new vetting system for incoming travelers before they arrive in Cayman, in order to improve border security and speed up the flow of arriving passengers.

Also under review will be the Stamp Duty (Amendment) Bill, which introduces a new schedule of concessions for Caymanians buying their first home and which would close what government describes as a “loophole” that allowed people to pay reduced stamp duty on new homes if they purchase prior to construction.

Two bills deal with the introduction of stalking as a crime – an amendment to the Penal Code and the Stalking (Civil Jurisdiction) Bill, which aims to establish an investigative and complaints procedure in relation to allegations of stalking.

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A Gambling (Amendment) Bill has also been tabled. This will amend the Gambling Law to update the penalties for offenses involving gambling.

Other bills that have been tabled include a Freedom of Information (Amendment) Bill, which carves out new exemptions to open records requests; Limited Liability Partnership (Amendment) Bill; Roads (Naming and Numbering) Bill; Cadet Corps (Amendment) Bill; Formal Validity of Wills (Persons Dying Abroad) Bill; Banks and Trust Companies (Amendment) Bill; Companies (Amendment) Bill; Evidence (Amendment) Bill; Legal Associations (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill; Non-Profit Organisations (Amendment) Bill; and a Proceeds of Crime (Amendment) Bill.

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