A plenary session of Parliament regarding the employment status of workers at Simpson Bay Resort is scheduled for November 17.

The plenary session will take place on Thursday afternoon at 2.00pm in the General Assembly Chamber in the House of Parliament.

The session was called by the National Alliance (NA) faction in Parliament via an urgent request dated November 10, 2011 that was received by the Parliament Secretariat just before 5.00pm via email. The signed copy of the letter was received on Monday, November 14.

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


Central Committee Hearings are planned for 17 November and 18 November about a Centralized Registration System for Child Abuse and the National Ordinance on Inheritance and Legacies.

The Central Committee of Parliament Hearing for the central registration system is scheduled for Thursday morning at 10.00am in the General Assembly Chamber of the House of Parliament.

A number of organizations and entities dealing with children have been invited to parliament to give their input with respect to the national ordinance to amend Book 1 of the Civil Code.

The organizations are Safe Haven, Court of Guardianship, I Can Foundation, Crystal Home, UJIMA Foundation and Women’s Desk.

The parliamentary hearings are part of the process to deal with amendments to the Civil and Penal Codes. Parliament in a session of October 3 requested that other entities be heard with respect to the changes that are to be made to various laws that govern the country.

A Central Committee of Parliament Hearing is scheduled for Friday at 10.00am with the Notary Association of the Netherlands Antilles & Aruba and the Bar Association of Lawyers.

Parliamentarians will get the input of the aforementioned with respect to the National Ordinance establishing Book 4 and Title 7.3 of the Civil Code, National Ordinance on Inheritance and Legacies.

This hearing will take place in the General Assembly Chamber in the House of Parliament.

The hearings are open to the public and will be carried live on St. Maarten Cable TV Channel 20.  


A Central Committee Hearing is scheduled for 15 November about the National Ordinance on Joint Custody of Minors and Under-aged Children.

The Central Committee of Parliament Hearing is scheduled for Tuesday morning at 10.00am in the General Assembly Chamber of the House of Parliament.

The Court of Guardianship has been invited to give its input with respect to changes to the National Ordinance Book 1 of the Civil Code Joint Custody of Minors/Under-aged Children.

The parliamentary hearing is the first of several to be held during the coming weeks with respect to changes to the Civil Code. Parliament in a session of October 3 requested that other entities be heard with respect to the changes that are to be made to the Civil Code.

The Central Committee of Parliament will meet again at 2.00pm with Minister of Justice Hon. Roland Duncan.

The meeting will deal with changes to the Penal Code with respect to special investigation methods (monitoring equipment and infiltration) for law enforcement agencies.

The meeting will take place in the General Assembly Chamber in the House of Parliament.

The hearing and Central Committee meeting is open to the public and will be carried live on St. Maarten Cable TV Channel 20.  


The Ad Hoc Committee for the Revision of the Rules of Order of Parliament, will meet on Friday morning at 10.00am in the House of Parliament.

Members of the Ad Hoc Committee are Members of Parliament (MPs) Hon. Dr. Lloyd Richardson, Chairman, MP Hon. Roy Marlin, Vice Chairman, and MP Hon. Sylvia Meyers-Olivacce.

The three MPs will review the draft changes that have been made to the rules of order.

A plenary session of Parliament is planned for Monday, November 7 at 10.00am.

The four agenda points are: incoming documents; confirmation of permanent and ad hoc committees of parliament; the advice of the Presidium to appoint an Acting Secretary General of Parliament; and the advice of the Presidium to appoint a 1st Acting Secretary General of Parliament.

The meeting will take place in the General Assembly Chamber in the House of Parliament.

The 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 meet on November 2 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 Wednesday at 2.00pm.

The agenda point is the labour situation on the island.

The Minister will respond to questions that were asked by Members of Parliament in the last Central Committee meeting of October 24 which was adjourned.

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 Central Committee of Parliament that started on October 03 with the Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labour Hon. Cornelius De Weever, will continue on October 24.

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 Minister is scheduled to respond to questions that were asked by Members of Parliament in the meeting of October 3.

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 October 17 Central Committee meeting about consumer protection and price control that was adjourned on Monday, will continue on Thursday, October 20 at 10.00am in the General Assembly Chamber of Parliament and not 2.00pm as was published earlier.

Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunications Hon. Franklin Meyers and support staff were present in Parliament on Monday to address the agenda point.

The Minister will be back in Parliament on Thursday to provide answers to questions asked by MPs.

The National Alliance faction had requested the aforementioned meeting in a letter dated October 03, 2011.  

This meeting will also be carried live via St. Maarten Cable TV Channel 20.


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.


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