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Revised Statutes of Newfoundland 1990
AN ACT RESPECTING THE INTERNAL ECONOMY OF THE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY
1. This Act may be cited as the Internal Economy Commission Act.
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2. In this Act
(a) "clerk" means the Clerk of the House of Assembly;
(b) "commission" means the Commission of Internal Economy;
(c) "minister" means the Minister of Finance; and
(d) "speaker" means the Speaker of the House of Assembly.
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Speaker's term of office
3. For the purpose of this Act, the speaker in office following the dissolution of the House of Assembly is considered to be speaker until a new speaker is chosen by the new House of Assembly.
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4. The Lieutenant-Governor in Council may, by Commission under the Great Seal, appoint the following officers:
(a) the Clerk of the House of Assembly;
(b) the Assistant Clerk of the House of Assembly; and
(c) the Sergeant-at-Arms of the House of Assembly.
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Commission of Internal Economy
5. (1) There shall be a Commission of Internal Economy of the House of Assembly, over which the speaker shall preside.
(2) The commission shall act on all matters of financial and administrative policy affecting the House of Assembly, its offices and its staff.
(3) The commission shall consist of
(a) the Speaker of the House of Assembly;
(b) the Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly;
(c) 2 members of the House of Assembly who are members of the Executive Council appointed by the Lieutenant-Governor in Council;
(d) the Government House Leader in the House of Assembly;
(e) the Official Opposition House Leader in the House of Assembly; and
(f) 1 member of the House of Assembly who sits in opposition to the government to be designated by the members of the House of Assembly who sit in opposition to the government.
(4) In the 2nd week of every session of the House of Assembly and as the need arises, the speaker shall inform the House of Assembly of the appointments made to the commission.
(5) Four members of the commission, of whom the speaker shall be 1, constitute a quorum.
(6) In the event of the death, disability or absence of the speaker, 4 members of the commission, of whom the deputy speaker shall be 1, constitute a quorum, and the deputy speaker shall preside over the commission.
(7) The clerk, or in the absence of the clerk, the clerk assistant, shall be the secretary of the commission.
(8) All decisions of the commission shall be a matter of public record and those decisions shall be tabled by the speaker no later than 2 weeks after the beginning of a new session of the House of Assembly.
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6. (1) An estimate of the amounts required to be provided by the Legislature for the payment of the member's salaries and other expenses of the House of Assembly during the year beginning on April 1 in each year shall be prepared annually by the clerk.
(2) The estimates prepared by the clerk shall be submitted to the commission for its approval and may be altered by the commission.
(3) The estimates as approved or altered by the commission shall be submitted to the minister for the minister's approval and shall be laid before the House of Assembly with the other estimates for the year.
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7. All amounts of money voted by the Legislature with respect to the estimates submitted under section 6 shall be paid over to and held by the minister, subject to the order of the commission, and shall be paid by the minister to the commission or its order in the amounts that the commission considers necessary.
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8. (1) The commission may pay or transfer amounts of money paid to it by the minister that the commission considers appropriate into a bank to the credit of the clerk by an order signed by 2 of the commissioners.
(2) In the case of the death or removal from office of the clerk, the amounts of money standing to his or her credit in the account established under subsection (1) shall be paid immediately by the bank to the commission.
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Disposition of surplus
9. A surplus in the amounts provided by the Legislature upon the estimates submitted under section 6 shall be repaid to the minister within 6 weeks of the end of a session with the exception of an amount sufficient to meet charges upon the commission that are likely to arise before the beginning of the next session.
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10. The commission may appoint those employees that it considers necessary for the conduct of the business of the House of Assembly.
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Reporting of proceedings
11. The commission may make arrangements for the reporting and publishing of the proceedings of the House of Assembly.
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Suspension of employees
12. (1) The speaker may inquire into the conduct or fitness of a person employed by the House of Assembly upon a complaint made to the speaker of misconduct or unfitness of that person.
(2) Where it appears to the speaker following an inquiry under subsection (1) that an employee has been guilty of misconduct or is unfit to continue his or her employment, the speaker may suspend the employee and shall report the suspension
(a) to the Lieutenant-Governor in Council in the case of a person appointed by the Crown; or
(b) to the commission where the person has not been appointed by the Crown.
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Inquiry re salaries, etc.
13. (1) The speaker, after appropriate consultation, shall, within 60 days after a general election or where necessary at a time between general elections, appoint an independent commission of not more than 3 persons to conduct an inquiry and a report respecting the indemnities, allowances and salaries to be paid to members of the House of Assembly.
(2) The persons appointed under subsection (1) shall have all and may exercise all the powers, privileges and immunities of persons appointed as commissioners under the Public Inquiries Act.
(3) The persons appointed under subsection (1) shall complete their inquiry and deliver their report containing recommendations to the speaker within 90 days of the commission's appointment.
(4) The speaker, upon receipt of the report containing the recommendations of the persons appointed under subsection (1), shall implement the recommendations as soon as possible following the receipt of the report by the speaker and the commission.
(5) The recommendations contained in the report referred to in this section shall be final and binding.
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