27 April, 2018
December 19 & 20 2017 Sitting Summary

December 19 & 20 2017 Sitting Summary

The Assembly reconvened on Tuesday 20th December at 9:00am for the first day of its last parliamentary sitting for 2017; proceedings continued until Wednesday, 20th December. The Assembly has now adjourned for the year, and will reconvene on Tuesday, 23rd January 2018.
The following summary provides an overview of business which was put before the Assembly on the above dates, Members who participated in debates and various issues which were raised in regards to particular Bills.
• 4 Annual Reports were tabled in accordance with Standing Order 49 by the Prison and Corrections Services; the Samoa Bureau of Statistics; the Samoa National Kidney Foundation and the Electric Power Corporation.
• 1 Parliamentary Committee Report was tabled in accordance with Standing Order 52(5) —P.P.2017/2018 No.109, Finance and Expenditure Committee Report on the Gaming Control Bill 2017.
• 1 Regulation was tabled: S.R.2017/9, Food (Safety and Quality) 2017.
• 7 Bills were first read on Tuesday 19th December: the Supplementary Appropriation Bill (No.1) 2017/2017; Immigration Amendment Bill 2017; Crimes Amendment Bill 2017; Casino and Gambling Control Amendment Bill (No.2) 2017; Alienation of Customary Land Amendment Bill 2017; Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank Bill 2017; and the Income Tax Amendment Bill (No.3) 2017.
• The Supplementary Estimates (No.1) 2017/2018 was tabled.
• 4 Bills were considered under an Urgent Notice on Tuesday 19th December. This meant that they were first and second read, considered in detail and progressed to the third reading stage and subsequently passed the Assembly on the same sitting day. The Bills were: the Crimes Amendment Bill 2017; Immigration Amendment Bill 2017; Income Tax Amendment Bill (No.3) 2017; and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank Bill 2017.
• 6 Bills were considered in detail and third read on Wednesday, 20th December 2017: the Gaming Control Bill 2017; Sex Offenders Registration Bill 2017; Police Services Amendment Bill 2017; Conventional Arms Bill 2017; Film Production (Tax Incentives) Bill 2017, and the Energy Efficiency Bill 2017.
• 6 Committee Reports from the Finance and Expenditure Committee; Social Sector Committee; Economic Sector Committee; and the Infrastructure Sector Committee, on the above Bills–were approved by the Assembly: P.P. 2017/2018 No.109; P.P. 2017/2018 No.72; P.P. 2017/2018 No.73; P.P. 2017/2018 No.74; P.P. 2017/2018 No.75; and P.P. 2017/2018 No.76.

OVERVIEW OF BILLS THAT WERE SECOND READ
& CONSIDERED IN DETAIL IN THE HOUSE
I. Immigration Amendment Bill 2017
The Immigration Amendment Bill 2017 was introduced under a Certificate of Urgency which permits the Assembly to first read, second read, consider in detail and third read a Bill on the same sitting day. Members who spoke on the Bill during second reading debates included:
1. OLO Fiti Afoa Vaai, Member for Salega (Independent); and
2. FAUMUINA Wayne Fong, Member for Urban West (HRPP).
Issues raised by Members included:
3. the need for careful consideration of the Bill’s provisions to ensure that the proposed visa amendment would not be abused by potential tourists;
4. the 90 day time period was too long; and
5. the possibility of eliminating the need for permits to travel between Samoa and American Samoa.
The Bill was third read on Tuesday, 19th December and will become an Act of Parliament upon assent by the Head of State.
II. Crimes Amendment Bill 2017
The Crimes Amendment Bill 2017 was introduced under a Certificate of Urgency which permits the Assembly to first read, second read, consider in detail and third read a Bill on the same sitting day. 1 Member spoke on the Bill during second reading debates:
 Hon LAUOFO Fonotoe Nuafesili Pierre Lauofo, Member for Anoamaa West (HRPP).
Issues raised by the Member for Anoamaa West included:
1. the impact of easier access to, and the widespread use of the internet in Samoa, and how this trend has increased people’s abilities to publicly defame others online; and
2. a suggestion that the Bill include the use of “images” in addition to “statements” when assessing harm.
The Bill was third read on Tuesday, 19th December and will become an Act of Parliament upon assent by the Head of State.
III. Income Tax Amendment Bill (No.3) 2017
The Income Tax Amendment Bill 2017 was introduced under a Certificate of Urgency which permits the Assembly to first read, second read, consider in detail and third read a Bill on the same sitting day. 1 Member spoke on the Bill during second reading debates:
 SULUMANAIA Fetaiai Tauiliili Tuivasa, Member for Vaimauga East (HRPP).
Issues raised by the Member included:
1. why there was a need to grant hoteliers tax credits; and
2. that granting tax credits to hoteliers would contradict the Government’s efforts towards generating revenue.

The Bill was third read on Tuesday, 19th December and will become an Act of Parliament upon assent by the Head of State.
IV. Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank Bill 2017
The Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank Bill 2017 was introduced under a Certificate of Urgency which permits the Assembly to first read, second read, consider in detail and third read a Bill on the same sitting day. Members who spoke on the Bill during second reading debates included:
1. Hon LAUOFO Fonotoe Nuafesili Lauofo, Member for Anoamaa West (HRPP);
2. LEALAILEPULE Rimoni Aiafi, Member for Faleata West (HRPP);
3. FAUMUINA Wayne Fong, Member for Urban West (HRPP); and
4. Hon FAUMUINA Tiatia Liuga, Member for Palauli le Falefa (HRPP).

Issues raised by Members included:
1. an agreement with the AIIB would be beneficial for not only the Government, but the private sector;
2. the possibility of the AIIB offering refinancing options with interest rates of 2 percent; and
3. the urgent need for the redevelopment of the Salelologa wharf (as an infrastructure project) for Savaii residents.

The Bill was third read on Tuesday, 19th December and will become an Act of Parliament upon assent by the Head of State.

V. Gaming Control Bill 2017
 All 76 Clauses approved.
 Clauses 8, 9, 17, & 61 were amended as per Finance and Expenditure Committee recommendation.
The Bill was third read on Wednesday, 20th December and will become an Act of Parliament upon assent by the Head of State.

VI. Sex Offenders Registration Bill 2017
 All 59 Clauses of the Bill were approved.
 Clauses 3, 11, 12, 13, 29, 33, 34, 41, 49 & 53 were amended as per Social Sector Committee recommendation.
The Bill was third read on Wednesday, 20th December and will become an Act of Parliament upon assent by the Head of State.

VII. Police Services Amendment Bill 2017
 7 Clauses were approved.
 Clauses 2 & 3 were amended as per Social Sector Committee recommendation.
 4 new Clauses (Clauses 4 – 7) were inserted on recommendation by the Social Sector Committee.
The Bill was third read on Wednesday, 20th December and will become an Act of Parliament upon assent by the Head of State.

VIII. Conventional Arms Bill 2017
 All 12 Clauses of the Bill were approved, including the Schedule.
 Clauses 6, 7, 10 & the Schedule were amended as per Social Sector Committee recommendation.
The Bill was third read on Wednesday, 20th December and will become an Act of Parliament upon assent by the Head of State.

IX. Film Production (Tax Incentives) Bill 2017
 All 11 Clauses of the Bill were approved without amendment.
The Bill was third read on Wednesday, 20th December and will become an Act of Parliament upon assent by the Head of State.

X. Energy Efficiency Bill 2017.
 All 23 Clauses of the Bill were approved.
 Clause 13 was amended as per Infrastructure Sector Committee recommendation.
The Bill was third read on Wednesday, 20th December and will become an Act of Parliament upon assent by the Head of State.

XI. BILLS PASSED BY THE ASSEMBLY IN ITS DECEMBER SITTING

1. Immigration Amendment Bill 2017.
2. Crimes Amendment Bill 2017.
3. Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank Bill 2017.
4. Income Tax Amendment Bill (No.2) 2017.
5. Gaming Control Bill 2017.
6. Sex Offenders Registration Bill 2017.
7. Police Services Amendment Bill 2017.
8. Conventional Arms Bill 2017.
9. Film Production (Tax Incentives) Bill 2017.
10. Energy Efficiency Bill 2017.
Parliamentary proceedings were adjourned at 12:00pm.
The House will reconvene at 9:00am, Tuesday 23 January, 2018.

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