The latest session of the Legislative Assembly closed Thursday night, with politicians having passed some 17 bills in six days.

The house went into Committee Stage Thursday to complete the process of passing the bills debated earlier in the week into law.

New legislation includes laws to integrate the work permit process into a new employment agency, a merger of Customs and Immigration into a border control force and amendments to stamp duty tax exemptions for Caymanian, first-time home owners. Legislation to deal with stalkers was also passed along with tweaks to the Prisons and Evidence Laws.

New bills were also debated and passed on subjects as diverse as the Cayman Islands Cadet Corps, the naming and numbering of roads and the validity of wills when someone dies overseas.

Opposition legislator Chris Saunders also had a private member’s motion accepted on international adoption. Mr. Saunders asked government to negotiate with the U.K. for the Hague Convention on the Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Inter-country Adoption to be extended to Cayman.

He said this would enable Cayman families who could not have children and were unable to adopt locally to adopt from overseas.

The house is expected to return in December for a brief and final session of the year.

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