States Assembly decisions on 2 May 2019

3rd May 2019

​On 2 May 2019, the States Assembly adopted a proposition of Deputy Rob Ward and agreed that there exists a climate emergency likely to have profound effects in Jersey.  In agreeing the Deputy's proposition, as amended by the Minister for the Environment, States members have said that Jersey should aim to be carbon-neutral by 2030 and requested the Minister to undertake an assessment of policies that could be used to accelerate carbon reduction.  Climate change will also become a regular item at the meetings of the Council of Ministers.  Deputy Ward's proposition was adopted by 40 votes to 1.

Later in the day, the Assembly rejected a proposition from Senator Lyndon Farnham that would have meant 32 members would need to vote in favour of electoral change for the change to take effect.  At the moment, 25 members must vote in favour of proposals to change the membership of the States, the length of political terms or the constituencies used in Jersey.  With the rejection of Senator Farnham's proposition, that will remain the case.   The proposition was rejected with 22 votes in favour, 24 votes against and 1 abstention. 

The Assembly started to debate a proposition from Senator Sam Mézec that the Bailiff should be replaced as Presiding Officer of the States Assembly by a Speaker elected by States members.  An amendment from the Connétable of Grouville, John Le Maistre, that the matter should be the subject of a referendum was adopted by 25 votes to 22.  The Assembly will continue to debate Senator Mézec's propositon on 3 May 2019.

Read the decisions made by the States Assembly on 2 May 2019.

See how States members voted on 2 May 2019.

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