The Speaker of Parliament, Anita Among, has tasked Chief Minister Whip with updating the House on the progress of the government bills that are expected to come before the House of Parliament.
Among issued the directive during the plenary session on the morning of Tuesday, August 30, 2022.
He noted that the government issued a legislative agenda during the State of the Union Address on June 17, 2022, which contains 62 bills that are expected in the second session of the XI Parliament.
“We need an update on how many of the 62 bills have come to this House, how many are pending, and the way forward.
We want that information,” she directed Between.
Whip Prime Minister Hon. Hamson Obua has pledged to present an update to the House on the Speaker’s directive at the next session.
In the afternoon session of the day, Vice President Thomas Tayebwa noted that of the expected 62 bills proposed, the government has so far tabled nine, which have already been considered and passed by the House, and are now awaiting presidential approval.
“We’ve consumed the bills you brought in, and now we need more business from the government,” he said.
Tayebwa also urged members of parliament to always consult the attorney general when considering bringing private members’ bills to the House.
“The Attorney General’s Office has a whole unit that has the capacity to comb through all the other laws and guide you so that you do not bring up issues that have already been dealt with in other laws,” said the Vice President.
She added: “You may want to introduce primary legislation that could be addressed by an amendment to an existing law, and we end up having a lot of laws that go dormant.
We have to be careful with this.”
In the previous session, Speaker Entre issued a stern warning to legislators about the lack of plenary and committee sessions and referred to Rules 112 and 113 of the Rules of Procedure of Parliament that prescribe modalities for the leave or absence of the House and committees.
The regulations also prescribe the corresponding sanction in case of non-compliance.
Among told the House that his study of attendance records for both committee and House business since July 2022, showed high absenteeism from members of Parliament.
“The money they pay us is from the town’s taxes.
But when you’re not in the constituency or the House, are you representing your people?
We are forced to give them warning letters,” Among said.
She instructed all committee chairs to submit attendance lists to his office, which will be checked against the lists of deputies who regularly attend plenary sessions.
He noted that these will be used to gauge attendance at committee meetings.
“Let’s take action!
Sorry, but we have nothing to do about it.
We are helping them as representatives of the people, because tomorrow they will have to come back to this House.
What will you tell people?
He also urged deputies to clock in and out using biometric systems every time they attend plenary sessions, to account for their attendance.