The Permanent Committee of Kingdom Affairs and Inter-parliamentary Relations (CKAIR), will meet on January 26th.
The CKAIR Committee meeting is scheduled for Tuesday at 9.00am in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelmina Straat #1 in Philipsburg.
The seven point agenda is as follows: approval decision lists CKAIR Parliamentary Year 2015-2016, no. 5, 6 and 7; incoming documents; draft proposal Kingdom Law on Dutch Citizenship in connection with retracting the aforementioned based on national security; draft proposal Kingdom Law on changes to the Passport Law related to travel bans; draft proposal Kingdom Law related to tax compliance and the FATCA (Trb. 2015, 171 and 182); draft proposal Kingdom Law related to tax compliance and the FATCA (Trb. 2015, 11 and 144); and preparations for the next Inter-parliamentary Kingdom Consultation (IPKO) 2016 from May 31-June 3.
The Central Committee will meet on January 26th.
The Central Committee meeting has been set for Tuesday at 11.00am in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelmina Straat #1 in Philipsburg.
The agenda point is an advice concerning the appointment of the 1st Acting Secretary General of Parliament.
The Central Committee will meet on January 13th.
The Central Committee meeting is a continuation from the adjourned meeting of September 2, 2015, and is reconvened for Wednesday at 11.00am in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelmina Straat #1 in Philipsburg.
The agenda point is a draft National Ordinance with regulations regarding Public Heath Care.
The House of Parliament will meet in a public plenary session on January 13 regarding public health care.
The plenary session is set for Wednesday at 2.00pm in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelmina Straat #1 in Philipsburg.
The first agenda point is incoming documents; the second agenda point is the draft National Ordinance of regulations related to Public Health Care.
The Permanent Committee of Kingdom Affairs and Inter-parliamentary Relations (CKAIR), will meet on January 11th.
The CKAIR Committee meeting is scheduled for Tuesday at 10.00am in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelmina Straat #1 in Philipsburg.
The agenda point is debrief about the outcome of the Inter-parliamentary Kingdom Consultation (IPKO) 2016 that took place on Sint Maarten from January 5-8.
Members of the public are invited to the House of Parliament to attend parliamentary deliberations.
The Parliament of Sint Maarten will be hosting the Inter-parliamentary Kingdom Consultation (IPKO) from January 5-8.
On the agenda to be discussed are a number of topics such as: health care, economic opportunities within the Kingdom with the focus on Small Island Developing States (SIDS); energy; education more specifically the issues students and former students encounter with DUO in the Netherlands where it pertains their study loan and the possibility of studying in the region; the dispute regulation and the use of articles 15 and 20 of the Regulation of the Governor that enables the Kingdom Government to issue instructions to the Governor, among others.
Delegations from the Parliaments of Aruba and Curaçao as well as from the First and Second Chambers of the Netherlands will participate in IPKO this week.
IPKO participants will receive presentations from the Civil Registry on nationality issues caused by administrative errors as well as the Public Prosecutor’s office on a comprehensive approach to fight human trafficking.
The IPKO is a meeting that takes place twice a year where delegations from the Parliaments of the four countries within the Kingdom meet and discuss a number of issues.
The meeting in January is always hosted by one of the Caribbean countries of the Kingdom while the meeting in June is hosted by the Netherlands.
The intention of these meetings is to discuss issues that are of common interest or affect the populations of the countries in one way or the other in order to come with possible solutions.
In addition, it is a good opportunity for the parliamentarians to meet their peers from the other countries to establish that personal contact.
At the end of each IPKO, an agreement list is signed by the delegation leader of each parliamentary delegation. Throughout the year the execution of the agreements made are monitored by each country.
The Presidents of Parliament of the three Caribbean countries of the Kingdom, Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten, meet every so often in a Tripartite meeting to discuss issues of common interest. These meetings can be held in any of the three countries.
On January 4, prior to the start of the IPKO Consultation, a Tripartite will also take place where Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten will discuss a number of issues such as the possibility of a joint Constitutional Court, a register for wills, appeal in tax court cases, the possibility of reduction of roaming costs between the Caribbean islands of the Kingdom.
The Tripartite will also discuss some of the topics on the agenda of the IPKO in preparation for the Consultation.
Work visits are planned for the Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM Airport) PJIAE N.V. and to the Seawater Reverse Osmosis Desalination Facility in Pointe Blanche (Seven Seas Water).
On Monday, 12th October, President of Parliament Hon. Dr. Lloyd Richardson, made his position to Parliament by informing the Secretariat of the House of Parliament.
“Given the present and still ongoing political developments, I hereby inform you that I have made the seat of President of the Parliament of Sint Maarten available to whomsoever the Parliament sees fit to assume said post.
“I would also like to thank the members of the Presidium for their untiring cooperation, the secretariat for their unrelenting support, the employees and other related staff for the manner in which they all performed their duties during this period of transition.
“The seat of President of Parliament was not an aspiration of mine, nonetheless my willingness to serve where my country's need of me was the greatest has been and continues to be my passion.
“That being said, I would like to take this moment in our country's history to say to all primarily responsible, that our people, our collective reputation, our country's stability and future are riding perilously on the outcome of these talks. I want to rest on your conscience the full weight of your behavior and your decisions.
“Think about our infant nation first and act with sober maturity and not from a position of personal gain, so that we can emerge with a stronger parliament, council of ministers, taller as politicians resulting eventually in a more peaceful, wiser and more prosperous nation for all our people. May God Almighty place His guiding hand on us all.
“Last but not least, I thank my staff and colleagues for their cooperation and respect shown, I look forward to working with you all until such time that this chapter of my political career would have come to an end. Best Wishes to you and this entire country,” President of Parliament Hon. Dr. Lloyd Richardson stated in his notice to the Secretariat of Parliament.
Copies were also sent to the Governor of Sint Maarten and the Council of Ministers.
The House of Parliament will meet in a plenary session on October 13 to appoint the President and two Vice Presidents.
The public Plenary Session is set for Tuesday, at 9.00am in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelmina Straat #1 in Philipsburg.
The agenda point is the appointment of the President and Vice Presidents of Parliament.
This meeting of the House was requested by the National Alliance Faction Members of Parliament (MPs) W.V. Marlin, S.E. Jacobs, Democratic Party Faction S.A. Wescot-Williams, United St. Maarten Party Faction F.G. Richardson, and MP M.A. Lake.
The House of Parliament is open to the general public. Visitors to the House must first report to the Reception Desk in order to be assisted.
For persons visiting the House of Parliament which is not related to the attendance of a Plenary or Central Committee meeting, who either have an appointment with a Member of Parliament (MP) or not, must present themselves at the Reception Desk in the building of the Parliament, Wilhelmina Street # 1, Philipsburg.
Here they are asked to identify themselves by means of a valid Identification Card (ID, Driver’s License, Passport). Using the identification, the personal data of visitor(s), the time of the visit as well as the departure time are recorded by the desk attendant.
The identification document will be held by the attendant until the person completes their visit. This measure is to ensure that at all times it is known who at a certain point in time is in the Parliament building.
The faction staff of the MP concerned is informed by the desk attendant that there is a visitor in the reception hall.
Visitors are allowed to wait in the lobby for up to 30 minutes for an MP. If the MP has not arrived after the 30 minutes, then the visitor is requested to make a new appointment with the MP concerned through the faction staff. An MP may receive visitors in his own office or faction room.
The House of Parliament will meet in an urgent closed door Central Committee meeting on October 14.
The closed door Central Committee meeting is set for Wednesday, at 2.00pm in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelmina Straat #1 in Philipsburg.
The agenda point is a discussion on a comprehensive approach of Government to accomplish short term results with regards to the recent spate of crime on Sint Maarten.
In order to have a good functioning parliament, there must be a good functioning organizational secretariat of the Parliament of Sint Maarten, which is a department within Parliament that provides legal, administrative, and logistic support to the Members of Parliament (MPs) as a whole.
Back in June 2015, the Central Committee of Parliament discussed the “Function Book” of the Parliament Secretariat, and agreed to the content. A Plenary session of the House was held on August 6 and in that session the “Function Book” for the secretariat was approved.
Effective September 1st, 2015, the “Function Book” is being used to guide the daily running of the secretariat of the House of Parliament, and the previous document from October 10, 2010 is no longer in use.
Prior to Sint Maarten becoming a country in 2010, a number of organizational resolutions for different sectors within Government were established based on the Organizational Ordinance Island Territory Sint Maarten.
As of October 10, 2010, the legal basis was turned into a National Ordinance and sectors became ministries. Each ministry had a “Function Book” that listed the tasks for each department or section within the ministry.
Since the inception of the Parliament of Sint Maarten, the function book secretariat has been in existence. The presidium throughout the years discussed on several occasions the revision of this “Function Book” for the secretariat.
The Presidium of Parliament comprising of the President and the two Vice Presidents, requested a human resources assessment of the “Function Book” for the Parliamentary Secretariat in early 2015 to start up the process to revise the aforementioned book.
The Presidium of Parliament comprises of the President of Parliament Dr. Lloyd Richardson, 1st Vice President MP Leona Marlin-Romeo, and 2nd Vice President MP Cornelius de Weever.
The objective of the human resources assessment was to gain insight into which functions were necessary for the proper functioning of the secretariat, and based on the outcome, some adjustments were made to the “Function Book.”
A separate “Function Book” for the Cabinet of the President of Parliament was also established on August 6. This function book contains the functions of Secretary and Driver, and the positions are defined in the aforementioned document.
The Secretariat of Parliament calls for 14 staff members. The positions within the secretariat formation plan are: Secretary General; 1st Secretary General/Legislative Lawyer; 2nd Secretary General; Section Head Operational Support; Section Head Administration and Facility Services; Management Assistant; Communication Worker/Media Interaction Designer; Information and Communication Technology Worker; Records and Information Management Worker; Public Relations Worker/Assistant to the Secretary Generals; Administrative Worker A; Messenger/Concierge; Administrative Worker C/Receptionist; and a Restauratief Worker.
The Management Team comprises of the three Secretary Generals.