Dr. Sawyer Wants Landmark Bills Passed into Law

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With 13 months to the 2017 Presidential and Legislative Elections, the House of Representatives has been urged to pass into law some landmark bills which have been in Committee rooms for more than 90 days.

Dr. Amos C. Sawyer, Chairman of the Governance Commission (GC), in a letter to the Lower House dated September 5, 2016, but read in yesterday’s (Thursday) session, said there are a number of remaining landmark bills which require immediate action by the House of Representatives.

Critical among the draft legislations are the Constitution Amendment Propositions, which have been cleared by the House’s Joint Committee on Governance and Judiciary; the Local Government Act, with emphasis on Decentralization, which has already been reviewed by the
House Committee on Governance; the Land Authority Act, which awaits the concurrence of the House, having been acted upon by the Senate; and the Land Rights Act, which is yet to be considered.

“The Governance Commission wishes to prevail upon you, Mr. Presiding Officer and your colleagues, to become champions of these bills and propositions as history has bequeathed this responsibility to this government, of which you are key player,” Dr. Sawyer’s letter said.

“We are sure that your Honorable House will agree with us that we cannot afford to fail the Liberian people at this time by not living up their wishes for greater participation…”

Dr. Sawyer added: “We are fully cognizant of your responsibility to enact into law the National Budget and we encourage its early passage; however, the above are other pieces of legislations which also deserve your action at this critical time.”

“We of the GC are delighted that the Legislative Session has been extended and we remain wholly available and at your disposal to assist in any way we can to advance the passage of this and related legislations.”

The GC’s letter was unanimously noted with an affirmative vote from plenary, which conducted its second unified business in the Joint Chambers.

“Considering that these bills were submitted to this body to be enacted into law for the realization of their individual specific objectives, it is important that the relevant committees be asked to make their reports,” the letter said.

Earlier, Grand Kru County District #2 Representative Numennie Bartekwa and Montserrado County District #1 Representative Josephine Francis also brought to the attention of Plenary the protracted delay of some proposed critical bills.

The two Representatives named, among other bills, the National Road Fund Act, the Act to Establish the Uniform Code of Military Justice and the Right to Due Process in the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL).

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