PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – The Central Committee of Parliament will continue with the 2012 National Budget discussion on March 5 after the meeting was adjourned last week Thursday.

The Monday meeting will start at 2.00pm in the General Assembly Chamber of the House of Parliament on Wilhelmina Straat #2.1 in Philipsburg.

Members of the Council of Ministers will be present in the Assembly Chamber to provide additional information to questions posed by Members of Parliament (MPs) with respect to the national budget during the second round.

The committee meeting will be carried live on St. Maarten Cable TV Channel 20 and via Pearl Radio FM 98.1. The audio will be carried via the Internet www.pearlfmradio.com and www.sxmparliament.org.


On Wednesday the President of Parliament Hon. drs. Gracita Arrindell visited the Dr. Luther Martin King Jr. School in Dutch Quarter on the occasion of Black History month.

“I was excited to be invited to spend some time with the school as the students and teachers performed several beautiful skits and recited poems.

“Having the opportunity to share with the young ones what the remembrance of the month can mean to them from the historic perspective of Sint Maarten achieving its new status, as well was special.

“I thank the school management, especially teacher Richardson for their invitation and making this day a memorable one for the school,” President of Parliament Hon. Gracita Arrindell said on Wednesday.


The Central Committee of Parliament will continue with the 2012 National Budget discussion on March 1st after the meeting was adjourned on Monday.

The Thursday meeting will start at 10.00am in the General Assembly Chamber of the House of Parliament on Wilhelmina Straat #2.1 in Philipsburg.

Members of the Council of Ministers are expected to be present for the meeting in order to provide additional information to Members of Parliament (MPs) with respect to the national budget.

Questions were submitted to MPs during Monday’s session and additional questions could be asked on Thursday.

The committee meeting will be carried live on St. Maarten Cable TV Channel 20 and via Pearl Radio FM 98.1. The audio will be carried via the Internet www.pearlfmradio.com and www.sxmparliament.org.


The Central Committee of Parliament will be having a hearing with the Notaries on 23, February.

The public hearing of Parliament will be held on Thursday afternoon at 4.00pm in the General Assembly Chamber of the House of Parliament.

Parliamentarians will hear the views of the civil law notaries under the umbrella of the Association of Notaries with respect to the National Ordinance supplementing Title 1 of Book 7 of the Civil Code regarding provisions on the Sale of Property and Assets, and determination of Title 12 of Book 7 of the Civil Code, National Ordinance Sale of Property and Acceptance/Contracting of Work.


President of Parliament Hon. drs. Gracita Arrindell says the Central Committee will start to discuss the 2012 National Budget on Wednesday.

The meeting will start at 10.00am in the General Assembly Chamber of the House of Parliament on Wilhelmina Straat #2.1 in Philipsburg.

The Council of Ministers are expected to be present for the meeting in order to provide additional information to Members of Parliament with respect to the national budget.


President of Parliament Hon. drs. Gracita Arrindell says the Central Committee will start to discuss the 2012 National Budget on February 22.

The meeting will take place on Wednesday morning at 10.00am in the General Assembly Chamber of the House of Parliament on Wilhelmina Straat #2.1 in Philipsburg.

The committee meeting will be carried live on St. Maarten Cable TV Channel 20 and via Pearl Radio FM 98.1. The audio will be carried via the Internet www.pearlfmradio.com and www.sxmparliament.org.


A Plenary public session of Parliament is scheduled for February 13 regarding the voting on a motion by Member of Parliament (MP) Hon. Jules James.

The meeting will take place on Monday morning at 10.00am in the General Assembly Chamber of the House of Parliament on Wilhelmina Straat #2.1 in Philipsburg.

The National Alliance (NA) faction requested the plenary session in its letter dated February 01, 2012.

The NA faction would like to discuss the voting of MP Jules James on November 17, 2011 on a draft motion of the NA; the position of the NA that MP Jules James was not allowed to vote on the motion; the letter of the Governor of Sint Maarten to Parliament, dated December 5, 2011; and the reactions of the Chairlady of Parliament to the aforementioned.

The plenary public session will be carried live on St. Maarten Cable TV Channel 20 and via Pearl Radio FM 98.1. The audio will be carried via the Internet www.pearlfmradio.com and www.sxmparliament.org.


A Central Committee of Parliament hearing is planned for 7 February about Inheritance and Legacies.

The hearing is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon at 4.00pm in the General Assembly Chamber of the House of Parliament.

The law that parliamentarians will be dealing with is the National Ordinance establishing Book 4 and Title 7.3 of the Civil Code, National Ordinance on Inheritance and Legacies.

The Association of Notaries will give their input with respect to the aforementioned national ordinance.

The committee hearing will be carried live on St. Maarten Cable TV Channel 20 and only the audio can be heard via Pearl Radio FM 98.1 as well as via the Internet www.pearlfmradio.com and www.sxmparliament.org.


A Central Committee Hearing is planned for 6 February about a Centralized Registration System for Child Abuse, and a representative from Women’s Desk will be present for the parliamentary session.

The Central Committee of Parliament Hearing is scheduled for Monday afternoon at 2.00pm in the General Assembly Chamber of the House of Parliament. 

The Women’s Desk will give their input with respect to the national ordinance to amend Book 1 of the Civil Code.

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, 2011 requested that other entities be heard with respect to the changes that are to be made to various laws that govern the country.

The committee hearing will be carried live on St. Maarten Cable TV Channel 20 and only the audio can be heard via Pearl Radio FM 98.1 as well as via the Internet www.pearlfmradio.com and www.sxmparliament.org.


The second plenary public session of Parliament regarding the voting of Member of Parliament (MP) Hon. Jules James in a parliamentary session back in November 2011 is set for January 31.

The meeting will take place on Tuesday afternoon at 2.00pm in the General Assembly Chamber of the House of Parliament on Wilhelmina Straat #2.1 in Philipsburg.

The National Alliance (NA) faction requested the plenary session in its initial letter dated January 10, 2012 to the President of Parliament.

The first plenary session with respect to this agenda point was held on January 24, 2012, however due to a lack of a quorum, the meeting did not take place.

The NA faction would like to discuss the voting of MP Jules James on November 17, 2011 on a draft motion of the NA; the position of the NA that MP Jules James was not allowed to vote on the motion; the letter of the Governor of Sint Maarten to Parliament, dated December 5, 2011; and the reactions of the Chairlady of Parliament to the aforementioned.

The plenary public session will be carried live on St. Maarten Cable TV Channel 20 and the audio via Pearl Radio FM 98.1 as well as via the Internet www.pearlfmradio.com and www.sxmparliament.org.


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