Nevisians to become part of law making process

CHARLESTOWN, Nevis, June 29, 2007 – As the Nevis Island Assembly prepares to mark its first anniversary on July 9, it will introduce an inclusive approach to law making.

Legal Advisor in the Nevis Island Administration Patrice Nisbett said they want the public to make an input on important aspects of proposed legislation.

“Before we pass certain important bits of legislation we want as a part of the consultative process, that we do the first reading and we allow sometime for the general public to access to the area of legislation so that they could look at it to make whatever recommendations they would consider would be relevant and if it is something that an amendment can facilitate then the government will make the necessary amendment. It is just a part of the process. We believe that we operate at a time when the citizens must be a part of the democratic process and so we will institute this policy whereby we would do the First Reading of some Bills and we would allow sometime to pass to allow the general public to have some type of input in the legislative process,” he told a news conference in Nevis.

One of the bills for the next sitting of Parliament will be an amendment to the Tourism and Amenities Ordinance to give security officers of the Nevis Air and Sea Port Authority the power to deal with crime on the island’s beaches. The security officers will be given the power of arrest.

The Nevis Cultural Foundation Ordinance, to institutionalise cultural festival known as Culturama and the Cultural Secretariat will also get its first reading as well as another bill to give effect to the Small Business Enterprise Development Unit.