A public plenary session of parliament is scheduled for October 10 regarding the draft laws from the former Parliament of the Netherlands Antilles.

The purpose of the meeting is to formally decide on the continuation of the handling of the draft laws from the former Parliament of the Netherlands Antilles, submitted on Friday October 7th by the government.

It’s a procedural decision not to debate the contents of the draft laws at this point in time but to handle them at a later date as they are submitted by the various ministries.

Parliament has already started to deal with legislative changes that were submitted by the Minister of Justice Hon. Roland Duncan that were partly handled in the former Parliament of the Netherlands Antilles.

Prime Minister and Minister of General Affairs Hon. Sarah Wescot-Williams have been invited to the meeting.

The meeting of parliament will take place at 2.00pm on Monday in the General Assembly Chamber of the House of Parliament.

This meeting is open to the public and will be carried live on St. Maarten Cable TV Channel 20.


An urgent plenary session of Parliament will be held on October 11 with the Prime Minister and Minister responsible for General Affairs Hon. Sarah Wescot-Williams.

The meeting will take place in the General Assembly Chamber in the House of Parliament on Tuesday at 2.00pm.

The National Alliance (NA) faction in Parliament in a letter dated October 05, 2011 requested this meeting to discuss developments surrounding the taking over of postal services by Sint Maarten from Nieuwe Post Nederlandse Antillen (NPNA).

The meeting which is also open to the public will be carried live on St. Maarten Cable TV Channel 20.  

The October 3 Central Committee meeting related to doctor cards, granting of social aid and labour affairs that was adjourned to be continued on Monday, October 10, is now scheduled for Monday, October 24.

The meeting could not be held on October 10 due to the Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labour who would be off island on that particular day.


An extra ordinary plenary session of parliament will take place on Monday, October 10 at 10.00am in the General Assembly Chamber of the House of Parliament, to mark the first year of country status.

This meeting has been convened at the request of Minister of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth Hon. Dr. Rhoda Arrindell.

His Excellency Governor Eugene Holiday will be attending the extra ordinary plenary session of parliament.

The Council of Ministers will also be present and the Prime Minister, Hon. Sarah Wescot-Williams will address parliament with respect to the 10-year journey to country status.

Faction leaders will also be addressing parliament, namely, Independent Faction Member of Parliament Hon. Frans Richardson, Democratic Party Faction Leader MP Hon. Roy Marlin, National Alliance Faction Leader MP Hon. William Marlin, and United People party Faction Leader MP Hon. Romain Laville. Minister Hon. Dr. Rhoda Arrindell will also address parliament.

 

This session of parliament will be carried live on St. Maarten Cable TV Channel 20 at 10.00am.


A public plenary session of parliament will take place on Monday, October 03 at 2.00pm in the General Assembly Chamber of the House of Parliament.

 

This meeting is the continuation of the plenary session that was held on Monday, September 26. Seven additional agenda points have been added for the October 3 parliamentary session.

 

During the September 26 plenary session, the House of Parliament dealt with three out of the eight agenda points with the first one related to incoming documents followed by amendments to the Civil Code having to deal with paternity; and the raising of children.

 

The other five agenda points are related to inheritance; purchasing of non removable property and assets; consumer protection; sole proprietorship; bankruptcy and claims.

The seven additional agenda points that have been added to the October 3 session are: National Ordinance Trust Companies; Establishment of a Central Registration System for Child Abuse; National Ordinance Rent; National Ordinance Insurance and Annuity; National Ordinance Married in the Community of Goods; Changes to National Ordinance Book 2 Civil Code; and National Ordinance New Criminal Code.

 

This meeting is open to the public and will be carried live on St. Maarten Cable TV Channel 20.

 

The Central Committee of Parliament will also be meeting on Monday morning at 10.00am with the Hon. Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labour Cornelius de Weever to provide information about Doctor’s Cards, Social Aid and Labour. The meeting will take place in the General Assembly Chamber in the House of Parliament at 10.00am.

 

The National Alliance (NA) faction in Parliament in a letter dated August 31, 2011 requested this meeting to discuss the aforementioned.

 

This meeting which is also open to the public will be carried live on St. Maarten Cable TV Channel 20.  


The Central Committee of Parliament will be meeting on October 03 with the Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labour Hon. Cornelius De Weever.

 

The meeting will take place in the General Assembly Chamber in the House of Parliament on Monday at 10.00am.

 

The first agenda point is government’s policy in regards to the issuance and renewal of doctor cards and government’s policy on the granting of social aid.

 

The second agenda point is the labour situation on the island.

 

The National Alliance (NA) faction in Parliament in a letter dated August 31, 2011 requested this meeting to discuss the aforementioned.

 

The meeting which is also open to the public will be carried live on St. Maarten Cable TV Channel 20.


The Parliament of Sint Maarten will be represented at Parlatino committee meetings this week in Oranjestad, Aruba.

Members of Parliament (MP) Romain Laville, and MP William Marlin are scheduled to leave the island on Wednesday and until September 24.

The MPs will be attending committee meetings on Gender Equity, Childhood and Youth; Economic Affairs, Social Debt and Regional Development; and Labor, Social and Legal Affairs.

The Parliament of Sint Maarten joined the Latin American Parliament (Parlatino), a regional, permanent and unicameral organization, comprising the National Latin American Parliaments elected democratically upon popular vote. Parlatino was created on December 7, 1964.

The purpose of Parlatino is to promote, human rights, and economic and social development; to maintain and foster relations with other geographic parliaments, as well as international organizations; and to defend against imperialism and colonialism.


President of Parliament Hon. drs. Gracita Arrindell, expresses her sympathy to the Pantophlet family on the passing of Member of Parliament (MP) Hon. George Pantophlet’s father.

“On behalf of the Parliament of Sint Maarten, I would like to extend our deepest condolences to National Alliance (NA) MP Hon. George Pantophlet on the passing of his father George R. Pantophlet (81).

“Our prayers and thoughts go out to him and his family during this difficult time as they mourn the loss of their love one,” Hon. President of Parliament Gracita Arrindell stated on Sunday.


Activities surrounding the ceremonial opening of the new parliamentary year 2011-2012 will start at 9.30am, Tuesday, September 13 when guests start to arrive at the House of Parliament.

Between 9.30am and 9.55am, His Excellency Governor Eugene Holiday and entourage will arrive. The Governor will inspect the uniform troops comprising of the St. Maarten Police, the St. Maarten Voluntary Corps and the Marines.

At 9.55am President of Parliament Hon. Gracita Arrindell will enter the House of Parliament followed by the Prime Minister and the Council of Ministers.

At 10.00am the President of Parliament will open the ceremonial meeting and welcome everybody in attendance. After observing a moment of silence, the President will appoint a Reception and Departure Committee. Thereafter the meeting will be adjourned.

Members of the Reception/Departure Committee will proceed to the entrance of the House of Parliament and wait for the arrival of His Excellency Governor Eugene Holiday and his entourage.

After the Governor and his entourage enter the House of Parliament’s General Assembly Chamber, the President of Parliament welcomes His Excellency.

Governor Eugene Holiday then proceeds to deliver the annual state of the nation address which is the Governments Governing Program for the new parliamentary year.

After a national address of approximately 30 minutes, the President thanks His Excellency the Governor and declares the new parliamentary year 2011-2012 officially open.

The Governor and his entourage leave the General Assembly Chamber under the escort of the Reception/Departure Committee.

Upon the return of the Reception/Departure Committee to the General Assembly Chamber, the President of Parliament formally closes the ceremonial opening of the new parliamentary year.

The President of Parliament and the Prime Minister join the Governor and his entourage and proceed to the Wilhelmina Straat to view the military parade along with Members of Parliament, the Council of Ministers and invited guests.

After the parade, the invitees proceed to Sheer Restaurant for a reception party hosted by the President of Parliament on the occasion of the ceremonial opening of the new parliamentary year.

The opening ceremony of the new parliamentary year will be carried live on St. Maarten Cable TV Channel 20 from 9.30am on Tuesday. It will also be carried live on radio and via the internet on parliament’s website: www.sxmparliament.org

The Clem Labega Square paid-parking lot will be closed early on Tuesday morning until 2.00pm. The lot will be used to provide parking for the dignitaries who will be attending the ceremonial opening of the new parliament year.


The 2010-2011 parliamentary year will close on Monday afternoon, September 12. A special ceremony of parliament will be held for this occasion at 2.00pm.

The parliamentary session was planned for 10.00am on Monday, however, due to unforeseen circumstances, this had to be rescheduled.

President of Parliament Hon. drs. Gracita Arrindell will deliver her annual report to members of parliament for the country’s first parliamentary year.

The four faction leaders will also make addresses to the nation with respect to the closing of the 2010-2011 parliamentary year.

The faction leaders are United Peoples party (UP) Honourable Romain Laville, Member of Parliament (MP), Democratic Party (DP) Hon. Roy Marlin (MP), Independent Hon. Patrick Illidge (MP), and National Alliance (NA) Hon. William Marlin (MP).

The meeting will take place in the General Assembly Chamber on Monday at 2.00pm. This special closing session of parliament will be carried live on St. Maarten Cable TV Channel 20.

On Monday the final preparations for the opening ceremony of the new parliamentary year 2011-2012 will be completed. The opening ceremony will take place from 9.30am on Tuesday, September 13.

Insight into the ceremony and preparations for September 13 can be viewed in a press briefing by President of Parliament to be aired on Monday, St. Maarten Cable TV Channel 15 at 7.00pm.

The opening ceremony of the new parliamentary year will be carried live on St. Maarten Cable TV Channel 20 from 9.30am on Tuesday. It will also be carried live on radio and via the internet on parliament’s website: www.sxmparliament.org


The Central Committee of Parliament meeting of Wednesday about the Penal Code has been rescheduled until Thursday.

The Central Committee of Parliament will meet with Professor H. den Doelder in the General Assembly Chamber at 2.00pm.

Central Committee meetings are public and are carried live by St. Maarten Cable TV on Channel 20.


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