Nat’l Legislature Resumes Today -Commences Business for 5th Session

MNOROVIA :Consistent with Chapter 5, Article 32 (a) of the 1986 Constitution of the Republic of Liberia, which provides that the Legislature shall assemble in regular session once a year on the second working Monday in January, the 54th the National Legislature will today Monday, January 10, 2022 officially resume business for its 5th session.

A joint Legislative press release media sources said the Chief Executive of Liberia, His Excellency Dr. George M. Weah, President of the Republic of Liberia, Officials of Government and members of the Diplomatic Corps, would grace the opening ceremony, according to the protocol.

According to the joint press release from the House of Representatives and Senate Press and Public Affairs Departments, the ceremony, which will begin at 10 in the morning, will witness a grand march by members of both Houses of the Legislature from the Executive Manson side to the Rotunda.

The colorful program will also witness   the hosting of the Flags of the Country and the Fifteen (15) Counties by the Sargent At-Arms of the Legislature.

The House of Representatives and the Senate adjourned Sessions prior to the Christmas, the House of Representative having conducted a total of 33 Sessions; including 18 Plenary, 12 Executive/Secret and three appearances of Ministers or Directors.

Giving a statistical report Tuesday, December 21, 2021 during its 20th Day Sitting of the Special Session of the Honorable House of Representatives of the 54th Legislature, Speaker Bhofal Chambers disclosed that nine Bills were introduced.

According to Speaker Chambers, of the thirty-nine Bills, members of that august body passed twenty-three during the period under review.  The House Speaker further clarified that 15 of the bills passed emanated from the Executive Branch of the Liberian Government, (7) Seven from the House of Representatives and a Joint Resolutions also from the House.

Meanwhile, Dr. Chambers revealed that 16 Bills are currently in committee room; adding that (5) Five stems from the House, seven from the Executive,  two from the Liberian Senate; including a petition and a communication from President George Weah for legislative consideration.

Speaker Chambers then thanked members of the House of Representatives for their tireless efforts in working in the best interest of the Liberian people.

Constitutionally, the lawmakers are expected to resume normal legislative activities on the second working Monday of January 2022.

Meanwhile, the House of Representatives has passed the total of 54 bills during its 4th Sitting in 2021, which ran from Monday, January 11, to  Tuesday, December 21.

The Director of Press and Public Affairs of the House of Representatives, Mr. Robert Haynes in an interview at a sisterly radio station announced that 31 bills were passed during REGULAR SESSION while during the SPECIAL SITTING, 23 bills were approved.

Mr. Haynes stated that during the special sitting, some of the key bill passed included the National Budget in the tune of US$786m, the amendment of the LACC act, to give the anti-graft institution prosecutorial power as well as the Dual Citizenship Bill, which allows Liberians home, And abroad to maintain their citizenship.

Director Haynes emphasized that Legislators are working in the supreme interest of the Country. He  concluded by acknowledging that due to the budget and other legislative instruments lawmakers had to call themselves back for two months , which he added  indicated  their commitment to work diligently in the interest of the citizenry.

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