Senate Defers Open Session to Tuesday

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Seated Senate listening to outgoing Senate President Joseph Boakai's farewell speech on Monday.

-As 1st & 2nd Sittings deferred to Executive Sessions

Like they did during their first sitting on Tuesday, members of the Liberian Senate yesterday voted unanimously to accept a motion by former Pro Temp Armah Jallah requesting that items on the agenda be deliberated in Executive Session.

The three items on the agenda included: Briefing from the Senate’s representation to the inauguration committee; discussion on guidelines for confirmation hearings; and completion of appointments on standing committees.

During its first sitting, the Senate, despite its bulky agenda of 22 items, failed to act on any of them, except for a communication from President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in which she requested the Senate to ratify a financial agreement, which was sent to committee room.

All of the items on the agenda for the first sitting of the 54 Senate were the same seeking passage or ratification of instruments for which the legislature was reconvened for nine extra days. The bills included the much talked about Investment Incentives Agreement between the Republic of Liberia and Dangote Cement Liberia Ltd; Land Rights Bill; a Bill to ratify the Investment Incentive Agreement between the Republic of Liberia and the TIDFORE Investment Company and Liberia Steel and Cement Mining (LICEMCO); and an Act Repealing the Public Employment Law and Amending the Executive Law to Create a Civil Service Commission.

The Tuesday agenda also included for ratification a Bill on the Concession Agreement between the Republic of Liberia and Nimba Rubber Incorporated (NRI); Amendment to the Amended and Restated Concession Agreement between the Republic of Liberia and Firestone Liberia Incorporated; and Amendments to the Constitution of the Republic of Liberia /CRC Propositions.

An unimpeachable source close to the leadership of the Senate yesterday told our legislative reporter that the Senate is poised to pass a major legislation on January 23, 2018 during its first sitting under the regime of President George Weah, adding, “The majority of Bills before us will be acted on within the next six months before our annual break.”

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