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Prime Minister the Most Hon. Andrew Holness (fourth left) and wife and Member of Parliament for St. Andrew East Rural, the Most Hon. Juliet Holness (third left), lead Government Ministers to Gordon House for the Ceremonial Opening of Parliament. From left are Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Fayval Williams; Attorney General, Marlene Malahoo Forte; Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Robert Montague; Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett; Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange; Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie; and Minister of National Security, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang.
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Story Highlights

  • Several pieces of legislation were approved in 2018 by the Houses of Parliament to advance the country’s social, security and economic agendas.
  • Legislation Passed 1. Licences on Trades and Business (Validation, Indemnification and Amendment) Act, 2018 2. National Heroes and Other Freedom Fighters (Absolution and Criminal Liability in Respect of Specified Events) Act, 2018
  • Legislation Before Joint Select Committee 1. Occupational Safety and Health Bill 2. Bank of Jamaica (Amendment) Bill

Several pieces of legislation were approved in 2018 by the Houses of Parliament to advance the country’s social, security and economic agendas.

Legislation Passed
1. Licences on Trades and Business (Validation, Indemnification and Amendment) Act, 2018
2. National Heroes and Other Freedom Fighters (Absolution and Criminal Liability in Respect of Specified Events) Act, 2018
3. Building Act, 2018
4. Criminal Justice (Amendment) Act, 2018
5. Indictments (Amendment) Act, 2018
6. Child Care and Protection (Amendment) Act, 2018
7. Trafficking in Persons (Prevention, Suppression and Punishment) (Amendment) Act, 2018
8. Appropriation Act, 2018
9. Renaming of the Courts of Petty Sessions (Miscellaneous Amendments) Act, 2018
10. Justices of the Peace Act, 2018
11. Protection of Geographical Indications (Amendment) Act, 2018
12. Public Procurement (Amendment) Act, 2018
13. Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency Act, 2018
14. Child Diversion Act, 2018
15. Telecommunications (Spectrum Regulatory Fees) (Validation and Indemnity) Act, 2018
16. Transport Authority (Validation and Indemnity) Act, 2018
17. Financial Institutions (Vesting of Assets in Pan Caribbean Merchant Bank Limited) (Order, 2000) (Validation) Act, 2018
18. Fisheries Act, 2018
19. Road Traffic Act, 2018
20. Ballast Water Management Bill

The Ceremonial Opening of Parliament for the 2018/19 fiscal year.

 

Legislation Before Joint Select Committee

1. Occupational Safety and Health Bill
2. Bank of Jamaica (Amendment) Bill
3. The Criminal Justice (Suppression of Criminal Organisations) Act

Reports Approved
1. Report of the Commission to Review Jamaica’s Relations within the CARICOM and CARIFORUM Frameworks
2. Parliament’s Regulations Committee Report on the National Housing Trust (Housing Benefits) (Special Selections) (Estuary Housing Development) Order, 2017, and National Housing Trust (Housing Benefits) (Special Selection) (Berkshire Court of Eltham) Order, 2018.

Orders, Resolutions and Regulations Approved
1. Customs Tariff (Revision) (Amendment) Resolution, 2018
2. Conch (Export Levy) (Rate of Levy) Order, 2018
3. Mutual Assistance (Criminal Matters) (Foreign States) (Kingdom of Belgium) Order, 2018
4. The Public Procurement Regulations 2018 and the Public Procurement
(Reconsideration and Review) Regulations
5. The Bauxite (Production Levy) Act, Capital Development Fund (CDF) (Withdrawal) (No. 1), Order 2018