States Assembly decisions on 12th November 2019
12th November 2019
On Tuesday 12th November 2019, the States Assembly adopted the Privileges and Procedures Committee’s (PPC) proposition for a 15 minute time-limit to be applied to some speeches during States Assembly sittings. PPC will now work on the fine details to bring those changes into effect, which will be subject to further States approval. It is proposed that exemptions might include speeches to propose or sum-up a proposition and any time a politician has a particular expertise which requires a longer speech. PPC is responsible for the procedures of the States Assembly, for members' facilities and the code of conduct for members. Find details of proposition P101/2019 here.
An amendment to regulations (Draft Rehabilitation of Offenders (Exceptions) (Amendment No. 2) (Jersey) Regulations 201- (P.104/2019)) was proposed by the Minister for Home Affairs, Constable Len Norman. The proposition was adopted, which means that enquiries can now be made about the spent convictions of applicants looking to produce or supply a controlled drug or who are looking to cultivate Cannabis plants. ‘Spent convictions’ are convictions that have reached a set period as defined by law and removed individuals’ criminal records. ‘Unspent convictions’ are records of those that haven’t reached this defined time and will appear on Basic Criminal Record Checks. Find out more about P.104/2019 here.
Minister for Economic Development, Tourism, Sport & Culture, Senator Lyndon Farnham, proposed that £1m in proceeds from the Channel Islands Lottery be allocated to the Association of Jersey Charities. This was adopted by the #StatesAssembly. The Association uses the proceeds to provide grants to community organisations. Find out more about P.105/2019 here.
The States Assembly agreed to the Minister for Treasury and Resources, Deputy Susie Pinel’s, proposition to re-appoint Mr. Tom Quigley & Mr. Richard Barnes as non-executive directors of the States of Jersey Development Company for a further 3 years.
Finally, regulations were adopted to allow the finances of the Financial Services Ombudsman schemes in Jersey and Guernsey to be combined. This was proposed by Senator Lyndon Farnham and you can find out more about the proposition (P.111/2019) here.
See how States members voted on 12th November 2019 here.
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