35th Sitting of the Senate
5th Session - 11th Republican Parliament
Leave of absence was granted to Sen. Taharqa Obika and Sen. Saddam Hosein, who are ill. Mr. Robert Amar and Mr. Nigel Trancoso were appointed temporary Senators in their place.
The President of the Senate informed of correspondence received from the Speaker of the House regarding the appointment of six members to the Joint Select Committee on the Fisheries Management Bill, 2020.
Temporary Senators Amar and Trancoso took the oath of allegiance.
Two papers were laid. See Order Paper for details.
One urgent question was posed and answered.
Five questions qualified for oral answer. Question #140 was deferred for two weeks.
The Leader of Government Business, Sen. the Hon. Franklin Khan, moved a motion that six Senators (named) be appointed to serve on the JSC on the Fisheries Management Bill, 2020. The motion was approved.
The Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister, Hon. Ayanna Webster-Roy, MP, moved the second reading of The Domestic Violence (Amendment) Bill, 2020. Debate began on the Bill. Following the debate, the Bill was committed to a Committee of the Whole for consideration clause by clause. Amendments were made and approved. With 29 votes for, 0 votes against and 0 abstentions, the Bill was read a third time and passed.
Sen. Wade Mark raised a matter on the adjournment namely the need for the Government to explain the system used to identify deserving individuals and families for receipt of State sponsored hampers during COVID-19 period. Sen. the Hon. Clarence Rambharat responded.
Sen. Wade Mark raised a second matter on the need for the Government to remain committed to the rights enshrined under Section 4 (k) of the Constitution on the freedom of the press. The Attorney General, Hon. Faris Al-Rawi, MP, responded.
The Sitting concluded at 10:43 p.m. The Senate adjourned to Tuesday June 23, 2020 at 1:30 p.m.