Audio & Parliament Order Of Business

May 8, 2020 | 4 Comments

[Updated with audio] The House of Assembly will hold a ‘virtual session’ today [May 8] and statements scheduled to be delivered include the Emergency Powers [COVID-19 Continuing Precautions] Regulations 2020, 6 Megawatt Solar Farm Progress, COVID-19- Fiscal and Economic Plan Update, Public Works COVID-19 Operations, Heritage Month 2020, Government Feedback Forum for COVID-19 and Public Communications during COVID-19.

Bills scheduled include the ‘Development and Planning [Draft Bermuda Plan 2018 Extension] Act 2020′ and the ‘National Pension Scheme [Occupational Pensions] Amendment Act 2020.’

As far as the Pension Amendment, Premier David Burt previously explained, “On Friday, the House of Assembly will meet to pass legislation that will provide further economic relief to Bermudians. Under the proposed amendments to the national pension scheme, which were approved by the Cabinet yesterday we will expand the scope of existing provisions for financial hardship to include a one-time withdrawal of up to $12,000, from person’s individual pension accounts.”

“In developing this relief programme, we consulted with the Opposition who have agreed to allow a process which normally takes weeks to be conducted in one day in the House of Assembly on Friday. I am grateful to the Opposition for their support and cooperation in moving this forward. I am also grateful to the Speaker of the House for allowing us to be able to move this in virtual session on Friday.”

We plan to stream the audio live here and will hopefully update this article with the live audio later this morning.

Update: Live broadcast has concluded, and the audio of the afternoon session is below:

Update: Live broadcast has concluded, and the audio of the morning session is below:

The Order of Business is below [PDF here]:

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  1. Joe Bloggs says:

    “On Friday, the House of Assembly will meet to pass legislation that will provide further economic relief to Bermudians. Under the proposed amendments to the national pension scheme, which were approved by the Cabinet yesterday we will expand the scope of existing provisions for financial hardship to include a one-time withdrawal of up to $12,000, from person’s individual pension accounts.”

    More shortsighted thinking and trying to gratify people now at their own long-term expense. This defeats the stated purpose of the National Pension Scheme. What will government say when people complain that they do not have enough money to retire at 65 or 70 years of age?

  2. bluenose says:

    Why the heck do we still start these things with prayers? smdh.

    • Toodle-oo says:

      Because they wouldn’t get any votes if they started of with much needed reminders of this island’s dire financial situation. That type of boring information only appeals to ‘certain voters’ .

  3. Rochelle says:

    Joe if you have better ideas why don’t you let us know what they are. You always come of with this negative approach. What part do you not understand that not everyone is like you that doesn’t need help.

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