By Aaron Humes: Speaker of the House of Representatives Valerie Woods issued a sort of year-in-review of the first year of the 13th session of Parliament at the close of the first meeting of its second year.
Despite the “differences,” she said, it was her pleasure to have overseen the introduction of 62 bills, 55 of which were passed into law, and 28 motions, over the course of ten meetings during the year – four regular and six special sessions (i.e., those not held on a Friday). A formal report is being prepared for presentation to the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition.
As for forthcoming work, there is a further meeting of the Code of Conduct Working Group, noting recent issues; the continued work of the Working Group for Standing Orders of the House, and a plan for administrative review of the work of the Parliament.
The Speaker further commended the unanimous motion on domestic violence, saying that it offered comfort to those, like a personal friend, who are seeking a way out of abusive and unhealthy relationships.