Ellen Submits 10 Bills to the Senate

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The Liberian Senate at its second day Special Session sitting yesterday received from President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf nine bills already before that body for ratification; and 10 new bills pending submission to the Legislature.

In her letter dated November 8, President Sirleaf informed the lawmakers that many of the items have “strong bearings on discharging our obligations to international partners and timely action on them will contribute immensely towards reconstructing our economy, which is currently in crisis, and providing the legal framework for the release of financial resources and investment into the country.”

Bills still before the Senate include: An Act for the Establishment of the Gola National Park; Bill to Ratify the Concession Agreement between the Republic of Liberia and Liberia Cocoa; Bill to Establish the Liberia Rubber Fund; Bill to Establish the National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL); Mineral
Development Agreement with Hummingbird Resources (Liberia ) Inc.; Amendment to the Constitution of the Republic of Liberia; and An Act to Ratify the Investment Incentive Agreement between the Republic of Liberia and Sethi Ferrofabrik Incorporated.

Also before the Special Sitting for consideration are: A bill for an Act Adopting the Securities and Exchange Commission of Liberia 2016; a bill for an Act Adopting the Central Securities Depositories of Liberia 2016; An Act to amend the Investment Code 2010, adding thereto terminologies to Section 2: Definition and Part IV, Dealing with the Enforcement of the terms and Conditions of the Schedule of the Code and Setting a Penalty Regime for its Violation; and the Liberia Tax Amendments Act of 2016-Amending the Liberia Revenue Code.

Bills expected to be submitted for consideration include a Financial Agreement (Liberia Urban Water Supply Project) between Liberia and the International Development Association; Ratification of the First Amendment to the Concession Agreement between Liberia and LIBINC Oil Palm Inc.; Ratification of the First Amendment to the Concession Agreement between the Republic of Liberia and Forest Products Inc.; Financing Agreement (Rural Community Finance Project) between Liberia and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD); and Financing Agreement (Tree Crops Extension Project-TECP) between Liberia and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

The rest of the bills pending submission by President Sirleaf include An Act Amending the Firestone Concession Agreement of 2008; An Act to Amend the New Penal Law, Title 26 of the Liberian Codes of Law Revised, Chapter 14, Offenses Involving Danger to the Person, Subchapter C. Kidnapping and
Related Offenses; repealing Section 14.54, Terrorism, and replacing it with a new Section 14.54 and Offenses Involving Terrorist Acts. “Liberia Anti-Terrorist Act; An Act to Repeal An Act to Establish Procedures for the Distribution of the United Nations List of Terrorists and Terrorist Groups and to enact in lieu thereof: An Act to Establish Administrative Procedures for Targeted Sanctions against Designated Terrorists, Terrorist Groups, and Terrorist Organizations. Targeted Sanctions against Terrorists Acts;” and the long title for this law shall be “An Act to amend the Criminal Procedure Law, Title 2 of the

Liberian Codes of Law Revised to provide for Special Criminal Procedures for Offenses Involving Terrorist Acts and Terrorist Financing and Support Act.”

The Senate meanwhile went into executive session for housekeeping discussions. The issue concerning the Affirmative Action Bill concurred by the House of Representatives with few amendments was expected to be featured during the executive session.

Two attempts by Bong County Senator Jewel Howard Taylor to include the Affirmative Action Bill on the agenda have failed.

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