No.2/2017

 

House of Assembly

Province of Newfoundland & Labrador

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2nd Session – 48th General Assembly

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Thursday, March 30th, 2017

 

ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS

(a)       Statements by Members

(b)     Statements by Ministers

(c)     Oral Questions

(d)     Presenting Reports by Standing and Select Committees

(e)     Tabling of Documents

(f)     Notices of Motion

(g)     Answers to questions for which notice has been given

(h)     Petitions

 

ORDERS OF THE DAY

 

1. – Address in Reply

Second Reading Bills

 

         2. – Second Reading of a Bill − “An Act Respecting The Office Of The Auditor General and The Auditing Of The Public Accounts Of The Province”. (Bill No. 1)

                                                                        (Government House Leader)

 

         3. – Second Reading of a Bill − “An Act To Amend The House Of Assembly Accountability, Integrity And Administration Act”. (Bill No. 2)    

                                                                        (Government House Leader)

         4. – Second Reading of a Bill − “An Act To Amend The Intergovernmental Affairs Act”. (Bill No. 4)                                                                                                                                     (Government House Leader)

 

MOTIONS

 

         1. — THE HONOURABLE THE MINISTER OF JUSTICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY  To ask leave to introduce a Bill entitled, “An Act Respecting An Independent Court Of Appeal In The Province”. (Bill No. 3)

 

         2. — THE HONOURABLE THE GOVERNMENT HOUSE LEADER − To Move:

 

WHEREAS on the 7th day of  December, 2016, the Management Commission of the House of Assembly approved Recommendation 27 of the 2016 Management Commission  Review Committee respecting a taxable allowance in lieu of mileage in Corner Brook and the capital region;

 

AND WHEREAS on the 15th day of March, 2017, the Management Commission approved an amendment to the Members’ Resources and Allowances Rules needed to implement the said taxable allowance in lieu of mileage;

 

AND WHEREAS on the 7th day of  December, 2016, the Management Commission of the House of Assembly approved Recommendation 21 of the 2016 Management Commission  Review Committee respecting a lump sum taxable allowance for accommodations;

 

AND WHEREAS on the 15th day of March, 2017, the Management Commission approved an amendment to the Members’ Resources and Allowances Rules needed to implement the said taxable allowance respecting accommodations;

 

AND WHEREAS subsection 20(7) of the House of Assembly Accountability, Integrity and Administration Act states:

 

“A change shall not be made to the level of amounts of allowances and resources provided to members except in accordance with a rule and, notwithstanding section 64 , that rule shall not be effective unless first laid before the House of Assembly and a resolution adopting it has been passed.”

 

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that this Honorable House of Assembly adopt amendments to the Members’ Resources and Allowances Rules approved by the Management Commission of the House of Assembly on March 15, 2017 as follows:

 

Section 38 of the Members’ Resources and Allowances Rules is amended by adding immediately after subsection (2) the following:

“(2.1) Notwithstanding paragraph (2)(a), a member who represents the district of Corner Brook or a district in the capital region may elect to receive the sum of $200 per month for an entire fiscal year in lieu of receiving the cost of transportation referred to in that paragraph provided that

 

(a) the election must be made before April 1 of the fiscal year to which the election applies; and

 

            (b) the $200 per month shall be a taxable benefit to the member.”

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The Members’ Resources and Allowances Rules are amended by adding immediately after section 40, the following:

 

Taxable Accommodation Allowance: Capital Region

40.1(1) Notwithstanding paragraphs 31(1)(b), 32(2)(b), 33(b), 35(b), 36(2)(b) and 37(b), not fewer than 30 days before the commencement of a fiscal year, a member entitled to accommodation costs in the capital region may elect to receive a lump sum amount for temporary or private accommodation  in the capital region in lieu of receiving the accommodation costs referred to in those paragraphs.

 

(2) An election made by a member under subsection (1) is

 

                        (a) for the fiscal year immediately following that election; and

                        (b) a taxable benefit of that member.

 

(3) A lump sum received under this section shall be an amount that is calculated by multiplying the number of sitting days for the fiscal year as stated in the parliamentary calendar by the average daily cost of all member accommodation under the paragraphs referred to in subsection (1) for the previous fiscal year.

 

(4) If a member who has elected to receive a lump sum amount under this section leaves office before the end of the fiscal year to which the lump sum applies, the balance of the amount of that sum shall be repaid to the House of Assembly on a pro rata basis”.”

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