JLAHRC Meet To Consider Parliamentary Powers And Privilege Bill

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The Senate Committee on Justice, Legal Affairs, and Human Rights (JLAHRC) on Monday held a meeting to consider The Parliamentary Powers and Privileges (Amendment) Bill (Senate Bill No. 5 of 2022).

The Bill aims to amend the Parliamentary Powers and Privileges Act 2017.

It seeks to impose a statutory obligation on public officers to provide feedback to Parliament on its resolutions and recommendations made by its committees.

This will ensure timely feedback by public officers and enhance the ability of Parliament to undertake its oversight mandate effectively.

“The Bill proposes to amend sections 7 and 11 of the Act and insert a new Part VIA to provide for “reports on action taken on Parliamentary resolutions”. The Bill will ensure the timely submission of reports by public officers and that service of civil process on staff working in Parliament is not restricted,” said the Parliament in a statement.

The Bill was read for the first time on December 1, 2022, and referred to the JLAHRC for consideration.

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