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Lawmakers mark final day of Legislative Assembly

The Privy Council is set to meet on 11 Nov. to ratify constitutional changes which will rename the Legislative Assembly to Parliament of the Cayman Islands, Premier Alden McLaughlin said Monday night.

Lawmakers meet for final time as Legislative Assembly

Lawmakers will sit for the last time as a Legislative Assembly on Monday, 2 Nov. as they are set to become Members of Parliament the next time they convene.

Gov’t shoots down motions on pensions and vacations

Government members, on Thursday, voted down Opposition motions aimed at reviewing the impact Cayman's pension changes and increasing vacation leave for employees.

Eden makes case for independence

Veteran MLA Anthony Eden has called for Cayman's next government to seriously look at beginning a gradual move towards independence.

Legislative Assembly management bill moves ahead

The Legislative Assembly Bill, which seeks to separate the management of the legislature from the civil service, has moved to the next stage.

Amendment proposes higher fines for COVID-19 breaches

A proposed amendment to the Public Health Law could see fines for COVID-19 breaches increased from $1,000 to $10,000 as government moves closer to its phased border reopening.

Cayman Islands legislators’ salaries difficult to pinpoint

The exact salaries of Cayman Islands legislators and high-ranking government officials remains unknown, but the public can approximate the earnings of elected leaders through recently released data.

FCO: ‘Disappointed’ in Domestic Partnership Bill defeat

The defeat of the Domestic Partnership Bill in the Legislative Assembly this week now leaves the fate and the future of legalising same-sex relationships in the Cayman Islands in the hands of the UK government and the Privy Council.

Colours Cayman: It’s time for governor to act

Local LGBTQ group Colours Cayman has called on Governor Martyn Roper to “fulfil his constitutional role” and “restore the rule of law” in the...

Lawmakers to vote on Domestic Partnership Bill today

After a lengthy and at times emotive debate local legislators will vote on the Domestic Partnership Bill on Wednesday.

Domestic Partnership Bill heads to LA

Legislators on Monday are set to debate the Domestic Partnership Bill, which seeks to provide a legal framework for same-sex couples to enter into a formal union.

Human Rights Commission: ‘Dignity and respect’ key in same-sex debate

The Cayman Islands Human Rights Commission made an appeal to Caymankind on Wednesday, reminding residents “to treat everyone with courtesy, dignity and respect” as debate on the Domestic Partnership Bill, 2020 nears in the Legislative Assembly.

Same-sex partnership bill challenges 500 years of history

Long before the Day and Bodden Bush marriage case reached the courts, same-sex rights had become a contentious topic of debate in the Cayman Islands.

Same-sex union bill submitted to legislature

A civil partnerships bill, intended to provide a legal framework for same-sex couples in the Cayman Islands, has been introduced for debate by the Legislative Assembly.

Opposition and government air grievances ahead of LA session

Members of the opposition and the unity government clashed ahead of Monday’s meeting of the Legislative Assembly. Leader of the Opposition Arden McLean charged government with disregarding checks and balances in previous sittings and putting Cayman “in danger of devolving into a dictatorship”.

Gov’t issues RFP for $500M line of credit

Government has issued a request for proposal for a standby line of credit of $500 million which it intends to use as a contingency plan should its reserves be significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Premier: Bush’s role to be reviewed after court case decided

West Bay MLA McKeeva Bush continues in his role as Speaker of the House but will not preside over the Legislative Assembly until his legal issues, concerning charges of common assault and disorderly conduct, have been resolved, Premier Alden McLaughlin said during Monday’s press briefing.
Former West Bay legislator Esther Liola Ebanks.

Tributes pour in for former legislator Esther Ebanks

Lawmakers paid homage to former legislator Esther Liola Ebanks following her passing on Thursday.

Legislative change will allow drivers to remain street legal

Motorists will soon be able to renew their vehicle licence without the need for a new certificate of roadworthiness.
Members of the Cayman Youth Parliament gather at the Legislative Assembly

Legislative Assembly sittings planned for next week

Lawmakers are set to meet next week to discuss changes to local legislation which would allow private sector employees access to their pension funds.
Members of the Cayman Youth Parliament gather at the Legislative Assembly

Youth Parliament displays debating skills

Young people took seats in the Legislative Assembly to debate two important issues during the Cayman Youth Parliament Monday.
House Speaker McKeeva Bush

Behind the Scenes: the McKeeva Incident (audio)

News of ‘an incident’ involving Speaker of the House McKeeva Bush at a West Bay establishment has ignited debate and driven speculation in the Cayman Islands. Host Kayla Young interviews journalist Reshma Ragoonath about her coverage of the event, questions about conduct by elected officials, and the #sheissupported movement.

Auditor: Government financial reporting improves

Auditor General Sue Winspear has welcomed improvements in financial reporting from government entities, but says there's more improvements to be made.

Port court ruling likely next week

Acting Justice Timothy Owen is set to deliver his decision Wednesday, 19 Feb., on the judicial review challenging government’s port project referendum.

Regiment senior officers appointed

Former UK Royal Dragoon Guard Simon Watson has been appointed commanding officer for the Cayman Islands Regiment.

Attorney: Amended port vote question more neutral

Government’s amended port referendum question is a welcome change for the team behind the legal action challenging the vote on the $200 million project.

Cayman’s record budget gets go ahead

Government's more than $1.5 billion budget, the largest ever for the Cayman Islands, gets the go ahead.

Colours Cayman: Deportation comments in LA ‘blatant and gross abuse of power’

Colours Cayman, the islands’ advocacy group for the LGBTQ community, responded to comments made in the Legislative Assembly on Friday, 22 Nov., that took aim at lawyer Leonardo Raznovich.

Law for full LA autonomy coming

Government will be bringing legislation early next year to give the Legislative Assembly full autonomy to run its own affairs, said Premier Alden McLaughlin.

Breaking: Lawmakers agree on constitutional changes

Legislators have accepted the United Kingdom’s constitutional changes proposal.

Vaping and e-cigarette regulations in the works

Work has started on creating regulations for vaping and the use of e-cigarettes in the Cayman Islands.

CCTV upgrades near completion

Financial Services and Home Affairs Minister Tara Rivers said upgrades to Cayman’s CCTV network are almost finished.

MLAs urged to get behind constitutional changes

Legislators urged to support the United Kingdom’s package of constitutional changes.

McLean criticises government’s ‘election budget’

Opposition Leader Arden McLean knocked Government’s US$2 billion fiscal package which he called an election budget.

Cayman room stock surpasses 7,000

The Ministry of Tourism has said more than 7,000 rooms are now available to visitors in the Cayman Islands.

Pastor TD Jakes pray at Legislative Assembly

Well-known US pastor TD Jakes prayed at the Legislative Assembly on Wednesday morning before the beginning of the budget debate.

Premier: Cayman/UK constitutional changes ‘unstuck’

Premier Alden McLaughlin said the UK is set to issue its proposal in response to government’s constitutional changes package.

No resolution for same-sex marriage planned until next year

Premier Alden McLaughlin suggested that action on the same-sex marriage issue will take place until early 2020.

Bernie Bush joins official Opposition

Independent legislator Bernie Bush has joined the formal Opposition led by East End MLA Arden McLean. It comes a week after he resigned from the government backbench.

McLean criticises premier over 2012 referendum letters

Opposition Leader Arden McLean tables letters penned by Premier Alden McLaughlin in 2012 raising concerns about the one man, one vote referendum process and the conduct of the then government during the port debate this week.

Cruise port debate: What your representative said

What each Member of the Legislative Assembly said in the house during the port referendum debate.

Referendum Bill debate continues

Debate on the Referendum Bill continued in the Legislative Assembly on Tuesday with MLAs outlining their position on the $200 million cruise berthing and cargo facility.

Debate over national referendum count continues

Government officials maintain a single national count for Referendum Day is an appropriate process for a vote on an issue of national importance, such as the cruise berthing and cargo project.

Referendum law debate looms

Local legislators are a week away from debating the provisions of the Referendum Bill that will set the stage for the first people-initiated vote in the Cayman Islands. The draft law allows for electors to have their say on government’s $200 million cruise berthing and cargo project on 19 Dec. The next session of the Legislative Assembly is set to formally open on 28 Oct. at 10am.

Curriculum information remains on hold

The Ministry of Education has enlisted the help of a local public relations agency to promote the new curriculum being implemented in its primary schools, but so far little information on the programme has been released.

Cayman Islands prepare for next round with Caribbean Financial Action Task Force

A raft of financial services legislation passed in July will face its first round of scrutiny in less than two weeks, when the Cayman Islands government is scheduled to follow-up with the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force.

Condolence books open for John McLean

Members of the public are invited to sign condolence books in memory of the late John Bonwell McLean.

McLean funeral date set

The official funeral for longtime East End MLA John McLean will be held at 3pm on Tuesday, 10 Sept., at Cayman Islands Baptist Church in Savannah.

Official funeral to be held for John McLean

The government announced Tuesday that an official funeral will be held for the late John McLean Sr., who passed away over the weekend.

Legislative Assembly passes raft of financial legislation

All 11 financial services bills put before the Legislative Assembly were passed on Friday.

UPDATED: Verdant Isle preferred bidder on cruise project

The Verdant Isle group has been selected as the preferred bidder for the cruise and cargo port in George Town harbour, though no contract will be signed until the petition calling for a referendum on the controversial project has been fully vetted.
An aerial view of the business area of downtown George Town, Grand Cayman

Cayman’s minimum wage to be reassessed

Cayman’s minimum wage, currently set at $6 an hour, will undergo a review process, Premier Alden McLaughlin said Thursday before the Legislative Assembly.

Verdant Isle selected for cruise port project

The Verdant Isle Group was today announced as the preferred bidder for the new cruise port project in George Town Harbour.

National ID cards planned for all Cayman residents

Government is compiling a database of all individuals on the island with the aim of implementing a national ID scheme next year, Commerce Minister Joey Hew said Wednesday.

Companies Law amendments to increase sanctions, reporting

A raft of financial services legislation went before the Legislative Assembly this week. Eleven bills in all were scheduled for debate regarding Cayman’s regulatory framework.

Education Minister: Paying for test fees under review

Education Minister Juliana O’Connor-Connolly said on Thursday, during the Legislative Assembly, that her office is developing a policy paper on how to address the cost of exam fees for Cayman students.

Financial services bills dominate Legislative Assembly agenda

The Legislative Assembly is back in session Wednesday with a raft of new financial services legislation under consideration.

Legislation proposed to strengthen anti-money laundering framework

Government is presenting a raft of bills for debate in the Legislative Assembly on Wednesday, 24 July, to address the fallout from the negative assessment of how Cayman’s anti-money laundering and counter financing of terrorism regime works in practice.

Speaker Bush celebrates Isle of Man national day

Legislative Assembly Speaker McKeeva Bush is representing the Cayman Islands at Tynwald Day 2019, the Isle of Man national day celebrations.

Number of suspicious activity reports increased in 2018

The administrative financial intelligence unit responsible for receiving and analysing financial disclosures related to suspected criminal proceeds received 935 suspicious activity reports last year, up from 868 reports in 2017.

Government will examine free childhood healthcare

The Legislative Assembly has unanimously approved a motion that directs the government to consider how it might provide free healthcare for Cayman’s children.

Miller remains as Public Accounts Committee chairman

Former Leader of the Opposition Ezzard Miller is returning as chairman of the Public Accounts Committee following an afternoon of political wrangling in the Legislative Assembly on Friday, during which the Opposition accused the government of attempting to stack the PAC with its members.

Public invited to celebrations for Queen’s Birthday

Celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II’s 93rd birthday will be held in the Cayman Islands on Saturday.

Short Legislative Assembly session begins Wednesday

Three bills, including tweaks to proceeds of crime legislation to meet some of the recommendations of a recent anti-money laundering report, will go to the Legislative Assembly in a short session starting Wednesday.

What are the business interests of Cayman’s government officials?

A recent court case raised concerns about elected representatives' potential business interests with private citizens.

Legislators clap back at premier’s ‘insult’

Opposition legislators issued a response Thursday to remarks made by Premier Alden McLaughlin about how groups of Independent candidates are not equipped to run the country.

EDITORIAL – No harm in an independent opposition

Whether they do so by aligning themselves with the Premier or with the Opposition, there is no reason independent candidates cannot work together to do the job.

Miller resigns as leader of PAC

About a week after resigning from his role as the official Opposition leader, MLA Ezzard Miller has also resigned from the chairmanship of the Public Accounts Committee.

Miller resigns as Opposition leader

North Side legislator Ezzard Miller has announced his resignation from the role of official Opposition leader.Support for Miller among the collection of independent backbench legislators had crumbled in recent months.

Roads to be closed for Saturday demo

Police are advising motorists that roads in downtown George Town will be closed Saturday to facilitate a demonstration by opponents of the recent same-sex marriage court ruling.

Government spends $6 million on sensitive lands

The Cayman Islands government now owns a little piece of Hell. Lands Minister Juliana O’Connor-Connolly informed the Legislative Assembly on Tuesday afternoon that a section of the Hell formation in West Bay was among 16 plots of land acquired by the government in the past year.

Minister outlines education changes

During Monday’s session of the Legislative Assembly, Education Minister Juliana O’Connor-Connolly focussed on overhauling school curriculum and re-outlined teacher salary changes that she first announced last August in her requests for supplemental funding.

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