Live Updates: Senators Voting On Multiple Bills

December 13, 2017 | 17 Comments

[Updating] The Senate is in session today [Dec 13], and a number of Bills are listed on the official Order of Business, including the Domestic Partnerships Act, the Casino Gaming Amendment, and the Cannabis Decriminalisation Bill.

All three Bills have already passed in the House and now head to the 11-member Senate, where the five Government Senators, three Opposition Senators and three Independent Senators will cast their votes.

The Casino Amendment, following amendments made, will allow the Minister to provide direction in written form, and “revoke an appointment based on the inability or unwillingness of a member to perform their duties, or in such other circumstances as may amount to misconduct, breach of best regulatory practice or are likely to bring the Commission or the Government into disrepute.”

The Domestic Partnerships Act seeks to replace same-sex marriage — which is currently legal following a Supreme Court decision in May of this year — with a domestic partnership arrangement, while the Decriminalisation of Cannabis Amendment seeks to remove criminal sanctions for possessing under 7 grams, with clauses allowing the police to seize the cannabis, and also to provide for drug education or treatment.

Due to the interest in these Bills we will provide updates as able, however the best way to follow the proceedings is actually by listening live which you can do on radio and also online via Parliament.bm!

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  1. sage says:

    “Is it ok or should we be taking rights away from people, or should we be cherry picking discrimination?” asks Nandi, well, passing the decriminalization of only seven grams along with arrest,seizure and forced ‘treatment’ rather than making cannabis legal again, is basically the same as offering civil unions rather than marriage, cherry picking rights.

    • Truthertz says:

      One chooses to smoke weed…one doesn’t choose to be gay.

      • sage says:

        One chooses to marry.

        • Truthertz says:

          Only heterosexuals have that choice. But a dopey analogy on your part to begin with.

          • sage says:

            “When this bill reaches the Governor you shall have your way. “One chooses to marry” is not an analogy, if you are still hung up on the analogy in my previous comment and feel it is dopey, then maybe you are just too stupid to understand it. When straight women get fed up with men and choose to become lesbians were they born gay, or when prison inmates choose to engage in SS relations in jail did they not make a choice, a conscious decision to change their sexuality? if someone can choose to be asexual, what real proof do you have that people can not change their sexuality and are ‘born gay’ by the way, science has not definitively proven this idea with theories from both sides, maybe you have done your own research settling the argument once and for all, do tell. I honestly don’t know i am no expert, but just because you say so doesn’t convince me.

  2. Hmmm says:

    Coward Vance, utter coward. If you think the bill will be before you again, then why are you approving it in its current form. What a waste of flesh and bone. These PLP senators are more concerned about themselves an a minority group having their rights ripped away.

    Today is a dark day in Bermuda.

  3. Hmmm says:

    Individual rights are not subject to a public vote; a majority has no right to vote away the rights of a minority; the political function of rights is precisely to protect minorities from oppression by majorities (and the smallest minority on earth is the individual).
    Ayn Rand

    • sage says:

      Ayn Rand? That nasty racist b#$@%? She referred to First Nations as ‘savages’ and defended their genocide by invading whites. She claimed they lived like animals and had no property rights. Thankfully she’s dead.

  4. Family Man says:

    Pretty sad state of affairs when the Attorney General says the majority should decide what rights a minority is entitled to.

  5. Michael Frith says:

    I never thought I’d say it, but I am ashamed to be Bermudian today. Ashamed that the island and people that I love have become the first country on the planet to actively remove these human rights. This is a disgrace, and history will record it as such.

  6. FPLP says:

    What was Bermuda is now THE END. thanks PLP we had a great ride up to now NO THANKS TO YOU

  7. Marlyn says:

    I dont normally comment but i feel like people need to know and read this so they can understand what it means and what im trying to pass on to them. I love reading people’s comments I just can’t help myself. It’s like an addiction. So in honor of those comments that I have read, I have decided to write my own comment. And it’s all for you. I hope you enjoy reading my comment as much as I have enjoyed writing it. It’s not an interesting comment, but I’m pretty certain you have read the comment up to this point, so you may as well just keep reading right down to the end. And also thank me for wasting your time cause this is very useless comment but you have managed to go through it all and now you probably wondering why did you read it all all because you saw that it all was senseless and had no theme,no passage and nothing interesting about it but for me it’s an honour that you have taken your time to read this all the way down…

  8. Kevin says:

    Ashamed to be a Bermudian
    Wish i could just pack up and leave this bound to doom country , but i cant not yet but when its time you can be best assured i’m out of here , i will join the already smart 1000′s who have left , just wish i had the balls to do it earlier i wouldn’t have to hide my passport when i travel

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