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Speaker calls for amending of House rules

Speaker of the House of Assembly Halson Moultrie has called for the House Rules and Business Committee to review and amend the rules of the House.

“This is an appeal from the chair for the House Rules and Business Committee to convene a meeting and to begin to review the rules,” Moultrie said in the House.

“We have many areas that need to be reviewed and, perhaps, reformed. I also received a communication, that I won’t go into details of, that suggests further conflict and difficulty with respect to the rules.

“So, it will be in the best interest of the business of this Parliament for the committee to meet post-haste and to provide an update, an amended set of rules.

“Don’t forget now, a while ago it was revealed that we have three different rule books, and some of the rules in the books that we are using are truncated in the middle of the sentence.

“So, we need to have the rules reviewed, updated and amended.”

Moultrie made the intervention when the House met on Wednesday after Englerston MP Glenys Hanna Martin cited a source using her cellphone web browser.

“I want to make a point here, because I think we were faced again with a circumstance during the presentation by the member for Englerston that I would really like to see the House Rules and Business Committee address with respect to a review and an amendment of the rules,” Moultrie said.

“That is with respect to being able to access information from the Internet while you are on your feet from a cellphone. Right now, there is no provision in the rules, but we have been flexible in allowing it to happen.”

The committee is made up of Bamboo Town MP Renward Wells, who serves as leader of government business in the House; St. Anne’s MP Brent Symonette; South Beach MP Jeffrey Lloyd; Cat Island, Rum Cay and San Salvador MP Philip Brave Davis; and Mangrove Cay, South and Central Andros MP Picewell Forbes.

The House Rules and Business Committee is charged with reviewing the rules of the House and making recommendations to the House.

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