States Meeting Summary 17 & 18 January 2023
18th January 2023
States Meeting Summary 17 January 2023
To begin this week's States Meeting, the States Assembly appointed Connétable Marcus Troy of St. Clement and Connétable Richard Honeycombe of St. Ouen as members of the Economic and International Affairs Scrutiny Panel.
Questions with notice
Ministers then answered States Members' questions with notice for up to 2 hours and 20 minutes. Skip to page 4 of the Order Paper to find out what questions were asked and watch from 10 minutes into this morning's States Meeting to hear questions with notice in full.
Questions without notice
States Members then asked the Minister for External Relations and Financial Services, Deputy Philip Ozouf, Minister for Health and Social Services, Deputy Karen Wilson and Chief Minister, Deputy Kristina Moore, questions without notice for 15 minutes each.
Skip to 1 hour and 28 minutes into this morning's recording to watch the questions without notice.
Reinstatement of senators
Deputy Ian Gorst proposed that the office of Senator should be re-instated in time for the General Election in 2026.
Deputy Kirsten Morel's amendment
Deputy Kirsten Morel proposed an amendment to Deputy Gorst's proposal, which, if adopted, would ensure the continuation of the roles of Constables and Deputies in the States Assembly.
The States Assembly voted to reject Deputy Morel's amendment, with 22 votes for and 24 votes against.
Skip to 19 minutes into this afternoon's recording to watch the debate on Deputy Morel's amendment.
Deputy Moz Scott's second amendment
Deputy Moz Scott then proposed a second amendment to Deputy Gorst's, calling for an assurance that reinstating Senators will not increase overall numbers of States Members and address risks of reinstatement prejudicing diversity of the States Membership.
Following the debate, Deputy Moz Scott proposed to split the vote into three sections. The States Assembly voted to reject the first (11 votes for, 34 against) second (3 votes for, 40 against) and third parts (12 votes for, 33 against) of the amendment, rejecting the amendment overall.
Skip to 1 hour and 45 minutes in this afternoon's recording to watch the debate on this amendment.
Deputy Ian Gorst's proposal
The debate then continued on Deputy Gorst's proposal.
Skip to 2 hours and 28 minutes on this afternoon's recording to watch this debate.
The States Assembly has adjourned until tomorrow, Wednesday 18 January at 9:30am, where the States Assembly will continue the debate on Deputy Gorst's proposal for the re-instatement of Senators, following an urgent oral question concerning Islander's impacted by flooding, before moving onto a debate around Draft Marriage and Civil Partnership Amendments.
For further details on today's developments, watch the recording of this morning's States Meeting and this afternoon's States Meeting.
States Meeting Summary 18 January 2023
Statement from the Chief Minister and questions
This morning's States Meeting began with the Chief Minister, Deputy Kristina Moore, making a statement regarding the Major Incident declared following flooding in Grands Vaux.
Watch the beginning of this morning's recording to watch the statement and the following questions from States Members.
Continuation of debate: Reinstatement of Senators
Yesterday, Deputy Ian Gorst proposed that the office of Senator should be re-instated in time for the General Election in 2026. The debate continued on this proposition following the Chief Minister's statement.
The State Assembly voted to REJECT Deputy Gorst's proposal, with 23 votes for and 24 votes against.
Skip to 42 minutes into this morning's recording to watch the debate.
Draft Marriage and Civil Partnership Amendments
The Minister for Home Affairs Deputy Helen Miles proposed to amend two laws relating to marriage & civil partnership, the effect of which would be to make those laws compliant with the European Convention on Human Rights.
The States Assembly voted to APPROVE the Minister for Home Affairs' proposition, with 45 votes for and 0 votes against.
Skip to 2 hours and 35 minutes into this morning's recording to watch the debate in full.
Draft Proceeds of Crime Regulations
The Minister for External Relations and Financial Services, Deputy Philip Ozouf, proposed to make amendments to various enactments in connection with the Proceeds of Crime Law 2022, in the context of Jersey's anti-money laundering compliance.
The States Assembly voted to APPROVE Deputy Ozouf's proposition, with 46 votes for and 0 votes against.
Skip to 2 hours and 45 minutes into this morning's recording to watch the debate.
Supplementary Planning Guidance
Deputy Moz Scott proposed that the approval of the States must be sought before the implementation of two policies from the Bridging Island Plan, both of which relate to Supplementary Planning Guidance for housing.
After some debate on the judicial specificities of the proposal, Deputy Scott decided to withdraw her proposition, with the agreement of the States Assembly.
Skip to the beginning of this afternoon's recording to watch the debate in full.
Draft Sea Fisheries Regulations
Following an earlier proposal adopted by the Assembly, the Minister for the Environment, Deputy Jonathan Renouf, proposed to amend the Sea Fisheries Law 1994 and the Sea Fisheries Regulations 2003 to give the Minister wider discretion to issue sea fishing licences to substitute vessels.
The States Assembly voted to approve the principles of the Minister for the Environment's amendment to the Law and Regulations, with 37 votes for and 0 votes against.
The Environment, Housing and Infrastructure Scrutiny Panel called in the Minister for the Environment's amendment for legislative scrutiny, and will return to the States Assembly at the next States Meeting.
Skip to 1 hour and 22 minutes into this afternoon's recording to watch the debate.
Following Deputy Renouf’s amendment debate, the States Meeting adjourned. The States Assembly will reconvene for the next Meeting on Tuesday 07 February 2023.
For further details on today's developments, watch the full recording of today's States Meeting here:
Wednesday 18 January morning session: 9:30am
Wednesday 18 January afternoon session: 2:15pm
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