13th Sitting of the Senate
3rd Session - 11th Republican Parliament
Leave of absence was granted to
- Sen. Avinash Singh and Sen. Ronald Huggins who are ill,
- Sen. the Hon. Clarence Rambharat who is out of the country and
- Sen. the Hon. Chrsitine Kangaloo (Acting as President of the Republic).
Mr. Ndale Young, Mr. Augustus Thomas, Ms. Alisha Romano and Ms. Ayanna Lewis will temporarily replace Senators Singh, Huggins, Rambharat and Kangaloo respectively at today’s Sitting.
Temporary Senators Ms. Ayanna Lewis, Ms. Alisha Romano, Mr. Ndale Young and Mr. Augustus Thomas took the oath of allegiance.
The Valuation of Land (Amendment) Bill, 2018 and the Property Tax (Amendment) Bill, 2018 were brought from the House of Representatives.
Seventeen Papers were laid in the names of the Minister of Finance, Minister of Energy and Energy Industries, Minister of Trade and Industry, Minister of Rural Development and Local Government, the Attorney General, Minister of Social Development and Family Services, Minister of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs, Minister of Public Administration and Communications and Minister of National Security. See Order Paper for details.
Two Reports were presented. See Order Paper for details.
Three urgent questions were posed. See Order Paper for details.
Four questions qualified for oral answer. See Order Paper for details.
Leader of Government Business, Sen. the Hon. Franklin Khan, moved a motion that the Senate consider Private Members’ Business at today’s Sitting. The motion was carried.
Private Member’s Business took precedence at this Sitting. Senator Wade Mark moved a motion to Establish a Joint Select Committee to consider and report on a legislative formula for parliamentary autonomy in Trinidad and Tobago. Debate began on the motion.
Sen. Wade Mark raised a matter on the adjournment regarding the absence of transparency and lack of regulations governing the SSA. The Minister of National Security responded.
Sen. Mark raised another matter on the rate increases for T&TEC and WASA customers. The Minister of Public Utilities responded.