The Chamber of the Senate is expected to be highly charged when Senators convene this morning for their 31st day sitting. The Senate’s 30th day sitting Tuesday failed to take place due to the lack of electricity, even though a good number of Senators, including Pro Tempore, Armah Zolu Jallah, were seen in the Chamber during the morning hours.
During the tenure of the last Pro Tempore when the Senate Chamber was plunged into darkness, proceedings still went ahead when it became necessary.
However, a ranking Senator confided to this newspaper that the issues on the proposed agenda for business needed serious deliberation and debate, hence the need for electricity.
Besides, all the electronic gadgets needed to transmit and record important deliberations within the Chamber function by electrical power.
Meanwhile, according to an authoritative source within the leadership of the Senate, items listed on the proposed agenda for Tuesday’s sitting will form part of today’s agenda and order of business for possible adoption.
Although Tuesday’s proposed agenda was not available to journalists, Senate insiders disclosed to this newspaper that a communication from Senator Sando Dazoe Johnson of Bomi County regarding a recent statement reportedly made by the Finance and Development Planning Minister was among the items that may be placed on today’s agenda.
Also expected to be on today’s agenda, according to the source, is the submission for passage of a bill, “The 2015 Liberian Electricity Act,” authored by Senators Jewel Howard-Taylor, George Manneh Weah and Francis Paye.
Grand Bassa County Senator Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence is expected to present a communication to plenary requesting the Senate to invite the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) to provide education on the entire customs process and associated costs.
Sinoe County Senator, J. Milton Teahjay, who recently proposed an increase in the annual appropriation of the County Development Funds (CDFs), may also be given time to make a presentation regarding his proposal.
Senator Teahjay recently wrote the Senate soliciting the consent of its members for an increase in CDFs from US$200,000 to US$400,000, in the upcoming 2015/2016 national budget.