Lower House of Parliament to Commence Debate on Nine Bills on Thursday
ST. JOHN’S, Antigua and Barbuda – 5th November 2014…….Eight bills are down for debate with the Lower House of Parliament meets for another session on Thursday.
Members will bebate the Criminal Procedure Amendment Bill, Criminal Law Amendment Bill, Workmen’s Compensation Amendment Bill, Misuse of Drugs Amendment Bill, Maritime Piracy Amendment Bill, The Defamation Bill, Merchant Shipping Amendment Bill, The Friendly Societies Amendment Bill and The International Business Corporation Amendment Bill.
The International Business Corporation Amendment Bill seeks to amend the IBC Act and make provision to require unlicensed corporations to keep accounting records at the office of the registered agent or at another place; while the Martime Piracy Amendment Bill will amend the recently passed Act in an effort to keep Antigua and Barbuda off the international blacklist in the fight against money laundering and terrorist funding activities.
The Amendment to the Criminal Procedure Act seeks to permit consideration to the instance where a person has served time on remand prior to sentencing, that the time served on remand, be counted as time served by him as part of his sentence imposed by the Court.
Debate on the Criminal Law Amendment Act will seek to address the social issue of young children loitering on the streets at night. Parents or guardians are first cautioned, under the Act, and may be held accountable and fined $500 where the child has no proper reason for being on the streets at 10 p.m. and beyond. The Act will also ensure that the authorities responsible for taking care of children are duly notified where the child is in need of care and protection.
The Members of the Lower House will also seek to amend the Misuse of Drugs Act to give the Magistrate’s Court jurisdiction over cases where a person is charged for the cultivation, production, possession, supply controlled drug which is five kilograms or less in weight or 2.5 litres in volume or less. Cases involving an excess of the mentioned amounts are indictable.
The Lower House will convene at 9:30 a.m.