Senate’s Priorities: Four Major Bills, Associate Justice-Designate Nagbe’s Confirmation

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As the Senate returns to Capitol Hill today, Monday, August 13, from a three-week Independence Day break, the senators are expected to immediately begin intensive deliberations on four long-standing major bills and the confirmation hearing for the new Supreme Court Associate Justice-designate, Senator Joseph N. Nagbe.

On the eve of the Independence break, Senate President Pro-Tempore Albert Chie told the Legislative Press  that senators were expected to use the period to take some of the crucial bills such as Land Rights to their respective constituents for their final input before plenary’s decision.

The bills are the Land Rights Bill, the Local Government Bill, proposed Amendment to the Constitution, and the proposed Amendment to the Alien and Nationality Law, commonly known as Dual Citizenship Bill.

According to Senate President Pro-Tempore Chie, the Senate intends to pass those bills before their annual recess at the end of August, 2018.

Additionally, he said determination will be made on two other bills that are with the Senate — the Domestic Violence Bill and the Rape Law; “those two bills will be looked at as well.”

Meanwhile, according to an authoritative source within the Senate’s wing of the Capitol Building, the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights, Claims and Petitions, is expected to conduct confirmation hearing for Supreme Court Associate Justice-designate Joseph N. Nagbe, who is also a sitting senator for Sinoe County. Sen. Nagbe is the current co-chair to that committee, which is chaired by Grand Cape Mount County Senator Varney
Sherman.

President George Weah nominated Sen. Nagbe, a lawyer by profession, last week to fill the vacant seat created on the Supreme Court Bench by the retirement of Associate Justice Philip A. Z. Banks, after reaching the Constitutional retirement age of 70 years.

The appointment of Sen. Nagbe, whose seat will be up for grabs in the 2020 Senatorial elections, comes on the heels of two Senatorial by-elections to fill in the vacant seats created by the elections of President Weah for Montserrado and Vice President Jewel Howard-Taylor for Bong County.

The expected confirmation of Sen. Nagbe places authorities of the National Elections Commission (NEC) on notice for two more by-elections.

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  1. I have written elsewhere before that dual citizenship should be considered only if the proponents intend for it to encompass, or benefit all Liberians. That is if all Liberians would be considered as citizens or having some privileges like the citizens of Puerto Rico, Guam, Samoa, the Virgin Island, etc. After all, Liberia was founded by American citizens. Meaning we are supposed to be descendants of Americans irrespective of our aboriginal mixture. That way we can all go to the US and back without visa and all the other impeding requirements. Anything short of that will just be creating another class of citizens to make our already tribalized culture even more polarized.

  2. Liberia is Richly endowed with water, mineral resources, forests, and a climate favorable to agriculture, but poor in human capital, infrastructure, and stability. Local manufacturing, such as it exists, is mainly foreign-owned. Liberia is one of the poorest countries in the world, and its economy is extremely underdeveloped, The war also caused a serious “human brain drain” and a “major capital flight”.
    The dual national question debate is a way to bring back into the fold the must needed human skills and as capital (hard currency) which will translate into jobs and a means to speedily develop our economy. The thousands of Liberians abroad, especially those “naturally born Liberians” are mostly between 45 to 60 years old and are considering retirement. Retirement translate into “fixed-income”, monies we preferred them spending in Liberia by building homes and starting businesses as opposed to setting in Ghana (a favorite for retired African from abroad due to their infrastructure) or south American countries where their retirement money can give them decent housing. Retirement also means that the million of dollars coming to Liberia “will stop” because the older aged” Liberian-born” will now have to spend it on themselves as they resettle elsewhere abroad or some may prefer relocating to cheaper areas of the United States.
    LIBERIA WILL BE AT A LOSS IF WE IGNORE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO BRING OUR FELLOW LIBERIANS BACK BY GRANTING THEM CITIZENSHIP!!
    It is clear, our economy is in “bad shape”, we do not have a developed agricultural system to feed ourselves and remain “captives” to purchase for every single commodity we use in our daily lives. The foreigners, Lebanese and Indians, who come poor but become rich from us by selling us goods. They are sending money back to their country to develop those areas! Nothing will change unless ALL of us (Liberians in other countries and Liberian here in Liberia) work together to develop ourselves. This New American President, President Trump will do very little for Liberia! We have to help ourselves, develop our standards of living through education, agriculture and industry. This is solely our responsibiliy

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