Attorney General outlines government legislative agenda in the Senate

Senator. Leo Ryan Pinder QC – Attorney General

Nassau in the Bahamas – Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Senator, Hong as part of his contribution to the 2022/2023 National Budget Debate. L. Ryan Pinder outlined some of the government’s legislative measures to achieve some of the government’s objectives.

He began by thanking the Legislative and Amendment Commission for their “continuous” efforts to help the government move forward on the legislative agenda from day one. He then highlighted some of the legislative agendas under consideration in the first half of this next fiscal year.

“Correction of Evidence (2022)”-This is the fulfillment of the promise in the blueprint of change to address the needs of the victims to return to normal. Before taking a break for the summer, we would like to discuss this amendment, which will reduce the number of years of people missing in dangerous events. This is fundamentally important so that as a result of the disappearance of a family from Hurricane Dorian, many families across the Bahamas will be finalized and able to return to normal life, “he said. Told.

He also discussed the “Criminal Rehabilitation (Amendment) Bill 2022”. This is “in line” with the government’s mission, he said.

“We will soon propose an amendment to the Criminal Rehabilitation Act to erase the record of minor crimes due to breach of emergency orders.”

In connection with the Healthcare Suite of Legislation, in addition to the recently submitted nurse and midwifery bill 2022, an amendment to the National Health Insurance Bill will soon be submitted, introducing a modern and comprehensive mental health bill. He said. 2022.

This is the most comprehensive health care outline of the legislation advanced in recent memory to provide the Bahamans with a comprehensive framework for both physical and mental health care. He said.

There are also laws that foresee the introduction of the cannabis industry in the country.

“We will promote a comprehensive set of laws on cannabis regulation and create a new agribusiness industry in the Bahamas. This law has been internationally benchmarked against countries around the world in the industry. This framework is for the regulation of the medical cannabis industry from farm to border and for pure industrial applications such as industrial cannabis, wellness products, and clothing, ropes, building materials made from hemp. It also provides a separate regulatory framework, and also provides a framework for non-criminalization of possession of small amounts of cannabis products, “he said.

The Carbon Exchange Bill 2022 promotes the monetization of carbon credits. “We will bring to Congress a law specially drafted to establish a carbon credit exchange in the Bahamas,” said Senator Pinder.

“It is hoped that we will create a regulated framework that establishes the Bahamas as a region and preferably as a global center of carbon credit trade. We are the world’s leading vertically integrated carbon credit market on this issue. I will participate in the Bahamas. “

He called the “Ministry of Mining Bill 2022” “part of a long-deferred regulatory reform” and said he would work on the mining of natural resources in the Bahamas. “The current approach is a state-of-the-art, unregulated, industry-led approach to ensure that the highest international standards are adhered to in the mining of natural resources. We have foreign direct investment in real estate development projects. It is a country and many of these require mining. They also do commercial aggregate mining. “

The National Character Bill 2022 is enacted to promote appropriate legislation to bring equality to men and women in the Bahamas in the transmission of citizenship to children. He said this would end the issue of inequality. He said the first draft was drafted, submitted to the Cabinet, and commented internally with the aim of finally putting it on the table in Congress.

To solve the bill’s problems, Senator states that the Constitution of Article 13 provides that Congress can provide provisions for the acquisition of Bahamas citizenship by non-Citizens of the Bahamas. rice field. This chapter. With regard to the transmission of citizenship, he expanded that promoting equality was “explicitly” permitted through the legislative mechanism of Parliament.

There is also a plan for the Bahamas Strategic Investment Fund Act, a pledge made by the government to support community projects and initiatives.

In the blueprint for changes, we pledge to:

1) For infrastructure projects, develop PPPs to support community development initiatives

2) Strengthen the law of sovereign wealth funds

3) A new sovereign investment fund to hold private sector investment interests (APD, BTC Cable Bahamas, etc.).

In line with this pledge, he said the government will promote comprehensive and international best practice legislation that incorporates the flexibility of governments to make commitments to ensure the highest levels of governance in this area.

He said the first draft of the bill was prepared, reviewed and refined.

Mr. Pinder also discussed the revisions to ancient relics, monuments, museum law and regulations. He said the government is trying to renew the Bahamian law related to underwater cultural heritage by amending the ancient, monumental and museum law along with its amendments and regulations. “The proposed amendments are specifically related to the current government / licensee revenue split with respect to licensing requirements, costs, timeframes, geographic areas, and salvage licensees.”

He said there would be “company legislative reforms” to improve the current legislation on company registration, bankruptcy and bankruptcy. He believes this will contribute to the rapidly evolving domestic and international economic and financial services environment.

“It is clear that the current legislation on company registration, bankruptcy and bankruptcy in the Bahamas needs to be improved. Thus, the Federal Government of the Bahamas, led by the Attorney General’s Office, has set the goal of amending relevant legislation.

He prepares to appoint a project team of public and private sector individuals, with the mandate finalized and the government now formed to overhaul Bahama’s registered enterprises, bankruptcy and bankruptcy legislation. Said that it was done.

“The current goal is to ensure that these relevant new proposed laws are up-to-date, modern, competitive and generally reflect international best practices. Reforms have the ability to significantly change Bahama’s commercial offerings internationally and provide new boosts to our financial services and commercial structured markets. We are structuring and re-structuring our companies. We aim to be near the coast of Delaware for the formation. “

He said the government is currently armed with a clear legislative agenda focused on deliverables to the Bahamian people. (BIS Photo / Ulric Woodside) Attorney General outlines government legislative agenda in the Senate

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