29th Sitting of the Senate
4th Session - 11th Republican Parliament
Leave of absence was granted to Sen. the Hon. Franklin Khan, Sen. the Hon. Allyson West and Sen. the Hon. Dennis Moses, who are out of the country. Mr. Ndale Young, Mr. Augustus Thomas and Mr. Harvey Borris were appointed temporary Senators in their absence.
The temporary Senators took the oath of allegiance.
Four papers were laid. See Order Paper for details.
Three reports were presented. See Supplemental Order Paper for details.
Five urgent questions were posed.
Four questions qualified for oral answer.
Sen. Anita Haynes sought leave to move the adjournment of the House on a definite matter of urgent public importance namely the failure of the Government to address the humanitarian and refugee crisis currently facing the nation. The President of the Senate was not satisfied that this matter qualified under Standing Order 16.
The Acting Leader of the Government Bench moved a motion to allow an extension of one month to the JSC on the Cybercrime Bill, 2017 in order for the Committee to complete its work and submit a final report by June 28, 2019. This motion was approved.
Another motion was moved to allow an extension of four months to the JSC on the Constitution (Amendment) (Tobago Self-Government) Bill, 2018 in order for the Committee to complete its work and submit a final report by September 27, 2019. This motion was approved.
Debate resumed on the Private Motion: Legislation to allow for Parliamentary Scrutiny of the EBC.
Sen. Taharqa Obika raised a matter on the adjournment namely the failure of the Government to address, as a matter of urgency, the deplorable conditions of the road network in Moruga and environs. The Minister of Works and Transport responded.
Sen. Wade Mark raised a matter on the failure of the Government to protect the lives of prisons officers in Trinidad and Tobago. The Acting Leader of Government Business responded.
The Senate brought greetings to the nation on the occasion of Indian Arrival Day. The Sitting concluded at 6:45 p.m. The Senate adjourned to Tuesday June 4, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.