Several legislative amendments on the agenda for Parliament in early February, says PM

A number of pieces of legislation, most of which are amendments to existing laws to bring more relief to the Dominican population, will be brought before Parliament in February.

This was according to Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit who was addressing a press conference held recently.

“The agenda for 2023, I believe we go to Parliament in the first week of February, and on that day there will be a number of pieces of legislation, most of which are amendments to existing laws bringing more relief to the population,” he said.

This he said includes; the Amendment of the Value Added Tax (VAT) legislation, and the Road Maintenance Levy will be repealed, among others.

“We had passed a piece of legislation temporarily to reduce the transfer fees where land transactions are concerned,” Prime Minister Skerrit stated. “Based on the positive reaction of the public that measure we did it for one year and we extended it by another year and in the last budget we decided to make it permanent.”

He continued, “So we are going to Parliament to make it a permanent feature, reducing on the cost of doing business in Dominica, ensuring that more families can have titles.”

The Prime Minister added, “Because you can have all of the land in the world but if you do not have a title for it in Dominica then it’s of no value to you.”

Meanwhile, he revealed that “maybe in March or thereabout” a Parliament session will be dedicated to enacting new legislation where the family is concerned.

“There will be a new Maintenance Act that deals with families’ responsibility to each other…,” he said. “We have to ensure that people take care of their families.”

Furthermore, Skerrit pointed out that it’s not only about the men who are neglecting their responsibilities to their children, but that children neglecting their responsibilities to their parents will also be part of the legislation.

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7 Comments

  1. Righteous
    January 25, 2023

    “The Prime Minister added, “Because you can have all of the land in the world but if you do not have a title for it in Dominica then it’s of no value to you.”…

    We also have to ensure that people especially lawyers who are aware that their clients are falsifying documents before the courts are held accountable for theft according to the law. I can’t understand that an individual who has no legitimate right on an estate put a caveat on that estate with false documents, and then never shows up for cases, yet the courts continue to bring these cases forward. There should be an audit of land transfers and the thieves should be held accountable. It is a clan effort…Representative, Judges, and Lawyers. Le ban voler!

    One Love Dominicans #OLD

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  2. Bwa-Banday
    January 24, 2023

    Children neglecting their parents? While it sounds good and will give Skerrit more elderly votes I believe the state taking the joke too far.

    Why not legislate that every child born in Dca has to be DNA tested before being registered along with father to STOP the scurge of false fatherhood killing Dca. Not only that but it will ensure man can no longer deny their children especially in cases for child support. That would be cutting edge legislation in the Caribbean. I myself have three god children that have the wrong fathers. That sheeet has to stop. Too many botins running around.

    • Dominican Bwoi
      January 25, 2023

      “I myself have three god children that have the wrong fathers”

      So what does that tell you about your friend? :roll:

  3. Ibo France
    January 24, 2023

    What will give much needed oxygen to democracy in Dominica is transparency, consultation and inclusion. No one individual nor one group of persons has a monopoly on ideas or intelligence. Even a broken clock is right twice per day.

    New legislation without soliciting ideas from a wide cross section of the society coupled with transparency will be like giving CPR to our dying democracy.

    The country MUST have free and fair election, equity and equality, a good governance agenda, astute leadership at the top, political healing in place of intense, partisan, political strife in order to flourish economically and otherwise.

    Presently, the Dominican parliament is like a useless instrument with people who are overdosed on testosterone.

  4. JustSaying
    January 24, 2023

    Why does it take so long for the first sitting of parliament after general elections?

    Even if there are no bills to be tabled, I believe parliament should meet within a month of general elections. The President gives his “throne” speech, parliamentarians get sworn in and have a general question and answer session.

    Constitutionally the 5 year term of parliament/government starts upon the first sitting of the new parliament. Not on election day as most of is tend to believe.

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  5. Lin clown
    January 24, 2023

    These UWP super bums will listen to SHAM Douglas taking part in a sham parliament while they bury their head in shame outside parliament.

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  6. MEME
    January 24, 2023

    What about reviewing the penalty meted out to those found in possession of illegal firearms to make it even more severe?
    Revisiting the penalty of adults (including some of our leaders) sexually assulting and grooming underaged children?
    Those two matters are wrecking havoc in our society!!!

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