Myra Williams, clerk of the Nevis Island Assembly
Myra Williams, clerk of the Nevis Island Assembly

Nevis Island Assembly sits April 24 with two bills to be tabled

From the NIA

CHARLESTOWN, Nevis – Two bills will go before the Nevis Island Assembly when it sits in chambers April 24 at Hamilton House on Samuel Hunkins Drive.

The Honourable Eric Evelyn, minister of information, will table the Nevis Freedom of Information Ordinance 2018 and seek to have it read for the first time. The Hon. Mark Brantley, minister of finance, will table the bill titled Tax Administration and Procedures (Amendment) Ordinance 2018.

The Nevis Freedom of Information Ordinance 2018 will give members of the public a general right of access to official documents of “public authorities, subject to limited exceptions and for matters thereto.” The Tax Administration and Procedures (Amendment) Ordinance 2018 will amend the Tax Administration and Procedures Ordinance Chapter 6.11 (N).

According to the Order Paper from Clerk of the Assembly Myra Williams, the sitting will begin with the formal entry of the Hon. Farrell Smithen, president of the Nevis Island Assembly, followed by prayers; motion for the approval of the Order Paper as circulated; messages from Her Honour Marjorie Morton, acting deputy governor-general; announcements by the president; papers to be laid; statements by ministers; personal explanations; and introduction of the bills before adjourning.

The sitting will be the third since the Nevis Island Administration was sworn into office Dec. 24, 2017. The opening session was held Jan. 30, when the president of the assembly was sworn in. The second sitting was held Feb. 12.

Upon taking up office, Premier of Nevis the Hon. Mark. Brantley had given a commitment that the Nevis Island Assembly would meet more often moving forward than what occurred in the past.