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Posted: Friday, December 6, 2019. 8:53 am CST.

By Aaron Humes: The Upper House follows on from Wednesday’s meeting of the House of Representatives, discussing bills and motions brought from the Lower House this morning in Belmopan.

The House passed an amendment to the Supplies Control Act, increasing penalties imposed for contravention of the subsidiary laws made under the Act. It deliberately targets importers of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG/butane) who recently set prices well below the price regulations set on November 15.

The argument in the Senate, as it was in the House, is allowing importers to get away with controlling the market ahead of the arrival of the National Gas Company Limited next year, or eating the loss in support of suddenly cheaper butane for the Christmas season.

The Firearms Act is amended to provide for new, lower, licensing fees because of shifts in security protocol when the fees were raised two years ago.

A motion for US $10 million in loans from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) for the second Education Quality Improvement Program (EQIP II) is intended to fund the construction of a laboratory in Belize City for the teaching of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics and expand teacher training at primary and secondary level will be debated as well.

Also before the Senate are the Hydro Maya Power Project Bill, giving effect to a concession agreement with the operators of the hydroelectric generating facility in San Miguel, Toledo District including exemptions from some taxies and duties; and the Customs Regulation (Amenment) Bill facilitating the provision of advance information relating to passengers and cargo of conveyance and sharing this with other nations for security purposes.

The meeting starts at 10 a.m. and we will have full coverage of events as they happen.

 

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