December 19, 2011

Nova Scotia Legislative Report - Fall Sitting Dec 16, 2011

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The fall sitting of the 3rd session of the 61st General Assembly of the Nova Scotia Legislature began on October 31, 2011 and rose on Thursday, December 15, 2011. 40 Government Bills, 27 Private Member’s Bills and 4 Private and Local Bills have been introduced during this sitting of the House of Assembly.

Below is a summary of those Bills introduced between December 12 and December 16, 2011 and a final update of the status of all bills introduced during the 3rd session of the 61st General Assembly.

GOVERNMENT BILLS

Bill No. 136 - Members' Pension Review Implementation (2011) Act - Hon. Frank Corbett
This Bill will implement changes regarding MLA pension plans in Nova Scotia. The proposed changes came from the recommendations provided by the independent Pension Review Panel and some of the changes will take effect immediately whereas others will only take effect after the next general election. The MLA pension plan accrual rate will be reduced from five per cent per year for 15 years to three-and-one-half per cent per year for 20 years. This will reduce the current maximum pension accrual from 75 to 70 per cent. Legislative changes are being made to the Members' Retiring Allowance Act to comply with Canada Revenue Agency requirements. The Minister of Finance will be named as the trustee of the MLA pension plan and the government, through the trustee, will look at creating an identifiable secured pool of assets as a separate fund for the MLA pension plan in the future. A MLA pensioner who is 65 years of age or more, in receipt of a monthly pension that is less than $1,000 per month and who has never divided or split his or her pension, will have their pension increased to $1,000 per month. Upon ceasing to be a Member of the House of Assembly, the former member will be eligible for a transition allowance in accordance with the following formula: person's years of service as an MLA multiplied by 1/12 the annual MLA base salary. The allowance is to a maximum of one year's MLA pay and a minimum of three months, unchanged from before. A former MLA will also now have access to retiring or career counseling services to a maximum value of $7,500. As a final note, the MLA pension plan will remain a defined benefit pension plan and the contribution rate will remain at 10 per cent of the annual salary.
Status: Received Royal Assent on Dec 15, 2011. Received Royal Assent on Dec 15, 2011. Sections 17, 20 and 21 regarding annual indemnities, allowances and career counselling services come into force on Royal Assent. The remainder of the Act has effect on and after the first day of the month in which ordinary polling day for the next general election occurs. Section 17, regarding allowances, has effect on and after November 3, 2011.

PRIVATE MEMBER’S BILLS

Bill No. 135 - Workers' Compensation Act (amended) – Hon. Michel P Samson (Lib)
This Bill will expand the definition of “worker” to include an auxiliary member of a municipal police department or RCMP detachment. This change will allow for the application of Part I of the Workers’ Compensation Act to the auxiliary members of a municipal police department or RCMP detachment upon application by the municipality that established the police department or within the boundaries of which the RCMP detachment is located and serves.
Status: Passed first reading, and is awaiting debate in principle by the House.


STATUS UPDATES

Status Update on Government Bills
- Bill No. 1 – Motor Vehicle Act (amended) - Received Royal Assent on May 19, 2011. This Act comes into force on such day as the Governor in Council orders and declares by proclamation.
- Bill No. 7 – Justice Administration Amendment (2011) Act - Received Royal Assent on May 19, 2011. This Act comes into force on such day as the Governor in Council orders and declares by proclamation.
- Bill No. 13 – Pharmacy Act - Received Royal Assent on May 19, 2011. This Act comes into force on such day as the Governor in Council orders and declares by proclamation.
- Bill No. 15 – Electricity Act (amended) - Received Royal Assent on May 19, 2011. This Act comes into force on Royal Assent.
- Bill No. 17 – Fair Drug Pricing Act - Received Royal Assent on May 19, 2011. This Act comes into force on such day as the Governor in Council orders and declares by proclamation.
- Bill No. 19 – Nova Scotia Business Incorporated Act (amended) - Received Royal Assent on May 19, 2011. This Act comes into force on such day as the Governor in Council orders and declares by proclamation.
- Bill No. 21 – Public Archives Act (amended) - Received Royal Assent on May 19, 2011. This Act comes into force on Royal Assent.
- Bill No. 23 – Public Procurement Act (amended) - Received Royal Assent on May 19, 2011. This Act except clauses 12(1)(a), (b), (g), (k) and (m), Sections 14, 17 and 18, has effect on and after June 1, 2011. The excepted provisions will have effect on and after June 1, 2012.
- Bill No. 25 – Occupational Health and Safety Act (amended) - Received Royal Assent on May 19, 2011. This Act comes into force on Royal Assent.
- Bill No. 27 – Financial Measures (2011) Act - Received Royal Assent on May 19, 2011. Section 7 has effect on and after January 1, 2010. Section 10 has effect on and after December 1, 2010. Sections 8 and 9 have effect on and after January 1, 2011. Sections 2, 18 to 20 and 31 have effect on and after April 1, 2011. Section 3 has effect on and after May 1, 2011 Section 17 has effect on and after July 1, 2011. Sections 11 to 16 and 21 to 25 and subsection 27(1) come into force on such day as the Governor in Council orders and declares by proclamation.
- Bill No. 30 – Land Registration Act (amended) and Registry Act (amended) - Received Royal Assent on May 19, 2011. This Act comes into force on such day as the Governor in Council orders and declares by proclamation.
- Bill No. 33 – Court Administrative Reform Act (amended) - Received Royal Assent on May 19, 2011. This Act comes into force on Royal Assent.
- Bill No. 35 – Body Armour Control Act - Received Royal Assent on May 19, 2011. This Act comes into force on such day as the Security and Investigative Services Act comes into force.
- Bill No. 36 - Energy Saving Roadway Lighting (2011) Act (amended) - Received Royal Assent on May 19, 2011. This Act comes into force on Royal Assent.
- Bill No. 40 – Liquor Control Act (amended) - Received Royal Assent on May 19, 2011. This Act comes into force on such day as the Governor in Council orders and declares by proclamation.
- Bill No. 41 - Dangerous and Unsightly Premises Amendment (2011) Act - Received Royal Assent on May 19, 2011. This Act comes into force on such day as the Governor in Council orders and declares by proclamation.
- Bill No. 42 - Halifax Regional Municipality Charter (amended) and Municipal Government Act - Received Royal Assent on May 19, 2011. This Act comes into force on such day as the Governor in Council orders and declares by proclamation.
- Bill No. 43 – Interior Designers Act (amended) - Received Royal Assent on May 19, 2011. This Act comes into force on such day as the Governor in Council orders and declares by proclamation.
- Bill No. 47 – Summary Proceedings Act (amended) - Received Royal Assent on May 19, 2011. This Act comes into force on such day as the Governor in Council orders and declares by proclamation.
- Bill No. 50 – Appropriations Act, 2011 - Received Royal Assent on May 19, 2011. This Act has effect on and after April 1, 2011.
- Bill No. 51 – Public Highways Act (amended) – Received Royal Assent on May 19, 2011. This Act comes into force on Royal Assent.
- Bill No. 52 – Government Administration Amendment (2011) Act – Received Royal Assent on May 19, 2011. This Act comes into force on Royal Assent.
- Bill No. 53 – Labour Standards Code (amended) - Received Royal Assent on May 19, 2011. This Act comes into force on such day as the Governor in Council orders and declares by proclamation.
- Bill No. 55 – Medical Act – Received Royal Assent on Dec 15, 2011. This Act comes into force on such day as the Governor in Council orders and declares by proclamation.
- Bill No. 56 – Real Estate Trading Act (amended) – Received Royal Assent on May 19, 2011. This Act comes into force on Royal Assent.
- Bill No. 57 – Private Ways Act (amended) - Received Royal Assent on May 19, 2011. This Act comes into force on Royal Assent.
- Bill No. 59 – Elections Act – Received Royal Assent on May 19, 2011. This Act comes into force on such day as the Governor in Council orders and declares by proclamation.
- Bill No. 62 – Halifax Regional Municipality Charter (amended) – Received Royal Assent on May 19, 2011. This Act comes into force on Royal Assent.
- Bill No. 65 – Nova Scotia Jobs Fund Act – Received Royal Assent on Dec 15, 2011. This Act comes into force on such day as the Governor in Council orders and declares by proclamation.
- Bill No. 72 – Timely Medical Certificates Act – Received Royal Assent on Dec 15, 2011. This Act comes into force on Royal Assent.
- Bill No. 73 – Safer School Zones Act – Received Royal Assent on Dec 15, 2011. This Act comes into force on such day as the Governor in Council orders and declares by proclamation.
- Bill No. 76 – Civil Forfeiture Act (amended) – Received Royal Assent on Dec 15, 2011. This Act comes into force on Royal Assent.
- Bill No. 78 – Civil Constables Act (repealed) – Received Royal Assent on Dec 15, 2011. This Act comes into force on Royal Assent.
- Bill No. 80 – Constables Act (repealed) – Received Royal Assent on Dec 15, 2011. This Act comes into force on Royal Assent.
- Bill No. 81 – Change of Name Act (amended) - Received Royal Assent on Dec 15, 2011. This Act comes into force on such day as the Governor in Council orders and declares by proclamation.
- Bill No. 84 – Animal Protection Act (amended) - Received Royal Assent on Dec 15, 2011. This Act comes into force on Royal Assent.
- Bill No. 85 – Agriculture and Rural Credit Act (amended) – Received Royal Assent on Dec 15, 2011. This Act comes into force on Royal Assent.
- Bill No. 86 – Fair Automobile Insurance (2011) Act - Received Royal Assent on Dec 15, 2011. Sections 1-3 providing for the appointment of more than one Deputy Superintendent of Insurance and section 7(1) providing for the striking out of “(k)” in the third line of Subsection 148(1) and the addition of the word “motor” immediately after “valid” in the eighth line, comes into force on Royal Assent. The remainder of the Act comes into force on such day as the Governor in Council orders and declares by proclamation
- Bill No. 90 - Safe Collection of Scrap Metal Act – Received Royal Assent on Dec 15, 2011. This Act comes into force on such day as the Governor in Council orders and declares by proclamation.
- Bill No. 93 - Education Act (amended) – Received Royal Assent on Dec 15, 2011. Sections 1- 2 providing for the appointment of the Registrar, section 3(2) repealing Clause 141(1)(e) of Chapter 1 and section 5 addressing the prescribing duties of the Registrar, come into force on such day as the Governor in Council orders and declares by proclamation. The remainder of the Act comes into force on Royal Assent.
- Bill No. 94 - Atlantic Provinces Special Education Authority Act (amended) - Received Royal Assent on Dec 15, 2011. This Act comes into force on Royal Assent.
- Bill No. 95 - Education Act (amended) - Received Royal Assent on Dec 15, 2011. This Act comes into force on Royal Assent.
- Bill No. 96 - Pension Benefits Act - Received Royal Assent on Dec 15, 2011. This Act comes into force on such day as the Governor in Council orders and declares by proclamation.
- Bill No. 98 - Fish Harvester Organizations Support Act - Received Royal Assent on Dec 15, 2011. This Act comes into force on such day as the Governor in Council orders and declares by proclamation.
- Bill No. 100 - Municipal Elections Act (amended) and Municipal Government Act (amended) - Received Royal Assent on Dec 15, 2011. This Act comes into force on Royal Assent.
- Bill No. 102 - Trade Union Act (amended) – Received Royal Assent on Dec 15, 2011. This Act comes into force on such day as the Governor in Council orders and declares by proclamation.
- Bill No. 104 - Gaming Control Act (amended) - Received Royal Assent on Dec 15, 2011. Section 1(b) which strikes out “of Gaming Control” in the second line of clause (g) and substitutes it with “appointed pursuant to Section 41” comes into force on Royal Assent. Further, section 4 providing for the definitions of “Department” and “Minister” and section 5 relating to the responsibilities of the Minister for regulating casinos also come into force on Royal Assent. The remainder of the Act comes into force on such day as the Governor in Council orders and declares by proclamation.
- Bill No. 106 – Libraries Act (amended) - Passed Received Royal Assent on Dec 15, 2011. This Act comes into force on Royal Assent.
- Bill No. 108 – Perpetuities Act - Received Royal Assent on Dec 15, 2011. This Act comes into force on such day as the Governor in Council orders and declares by proclamation.
- Bill No. 109 - Safe Body Art Act - Received Royal Assent on Dec 15, 2011. This Act comes into force on such day as the Governor in Council orders and declares by proclamation.
- Bill No. 110 – Residential Tenancies Act (amended) - Received Royal Assent on Dec 15, 2011. This Act comes into force on such day as the Governor in Council orders and declares by proclamation.
- Bill No. 111 – Equity Tax Credit Act (amended) - Received Royal Assent on Dec 15, 2011. This Act comes into force on Royal Assent.
- Bill No. 112 – Community Spirit Act - Received Royal Assent on Dec 15, 2011. This Act comes into force on Royal Assent.
- Bill No. 114 - Consumer Protection Act (amended) – Received Royal Assent on Dec 15, 2011. This Act comes into force on such day as the Governor in Council orders and declares by proclamation.
- Bill No. 115 - Labour Standards Code (amended) – Received Royal Assent on Dec 15, 2011. This Act comes into force on Royal Assent.
- Bill No. 116 - Elections Act (amended) – Received Royal Assent on Dec 15, 2011. This Act comes into force on Royal Assent.
- Bill No. 118 - Motor Vehicle Act (amended) – Received Royal Assent on Dec 15, 2011. This Act comes into force on such day as the Governor in Council orders and declares by proclamation.
- Bill No. 120 - Liquor Control Act (amended) – Received Royal Assent on Dec 15, 2011. This Act comes into force on Royal Assent.
- Bill No. 121 - Education Act (amended) - Received Royal Assent on Dec 15, 2011. This Act comes into force on Royal Assent.
- Bill No. 122 - Environment Act (amended) - Received Royal Assent on Dec 15, 2011. This Act comes into force on such day as the Governor in Council orders and declares by proclamation.
- Bill No. 123 - Corrections Act (amended) – Received Royal Assent on Dec 15, 2011. This Act comes into force on such day as the Governor in Council orders and declares by proclamation.
- Bill No. 124 - Arts Nova Scotia Act – Received Royal Assent on Dec 15, 2011. This Act comes into force on Royal Assent.
- Bill No. 125 - Creative Nova Scotia Leadership Council Act – Received Royal Assent on Dec 15, 2011. This Act comes into force on Royal Assent.
- Bill No. 126 - Police Act (amended) – Received Royal Assent on Dec 15, 2011. This Act comes into force on such day as the Governor in Council orders and declares by proclamation.
- Bill No. 128 - Public Sector Lobbyists Act Received Royal Assent on Dec 15, 2011. This Act comes into force on Royal Assent.
- Bill No. 131 - Snow Sport Helmet Act - Received Royal Assent on Dec 15, 2011. This Act comes into force on Royal Assent.
- Bill No. 133 - Bowater Mersey Pulp and Paper Investment (2011) Act - Received Royal Assent on Dec 15, 2011. Sections 9-16 regarding Bowater’s property taxes come into force on such day as the Governor in Council orders and declares by proclamation. The remainder of the Act comes into force on and after December 1, 2011.
- Bill No. 136 - Members' Pension Review Implementation (2011) Act - Received Royal Assent on Dec 15, 2011. Sections 17, 20 and 21 regarding annual indemnities, allowances and career counselling services come into force on Royal Assent. The remainder of the Act has effect on and after the first day of the month in which ordinary polling day for the next general election occurs. Section 17 has effect on and after November 3, 2011.

Status Update on Private Member’s Bills
- Bill No. 2 – Hydraulic Fracturing Act - Passed first reading, and is awaiting debate in principle by the House.
- Bill No. 3 – Modernizing Government Act - Passed first reading, and was adjourned on second reading.
- Bill No. 4 – Tax Review (2011-12) Act - Passed first reading, and is awaiting debate in principle by the House.
- Bill No. 5 – Balanced Budget Act - Passed first reading, and is awaiting debate in principle by the House.
- Bill No. 6 – Finance Act (amended) – Passed first reading, and is awaiting debate in principle by the House.
- Bill No. 8 – Maintenance and Custody Act (amended) – Passed first reading, and is awaiting debate in principle by the House.
- Bill No. 9 Gaelic College Foundation Act (amended) – Passed first reading, and is awaiting debate in principle by the House.
- Bill No. 10 – Electricity Act (amended) – Passed first reading, and was adjourned on second reading.
- Bill No. 11 – Diabetic Persons Support Act – Passed first reading, and is awaiting debate in principle by the House.
- Bill No. 12- Income Tax Act – Passed first reading, and is awaiting debate in principle by the House.
- Bill No. 14 – Agriculture and Marketing Act – Passed first reading, and is awaiting debate in principle by the House.
- Bill No. 16 – Multiple Sclerosis Patient Support Act – Passed first reading, and is awaiting debate in principle by the House.
- Bill No. 18 – Maintenance and Custody Act (amended) - Passed first reading, and was adjourned on second reading.
- Bill No. 24 – Value For Money Act - Passed first reading, and is awaiting debate in principle by the House.
- Bill No. 26 – Sound Recording Tax Credit Act (amended) - Passed first reading, and is awaiting debate in principle by the House.
- Bill No. 28 – Public Highways Act (amended) – Passed first reading, and is awaiting debate in principle by the House.
- Bill No. 29 – Public Utilities Act (amended) - Passed first reading, and is awaiting debate in principle by the House.
- Bill No. 31 – Health Act (amended) - Passed first reading, and is awaiting debate in principle by the House.
- Bill No. 32 – Rural Nova Scotia Physicians Act - Passed first reading, and is awaiting debate in principle by the House.
- Bill No. 34 – Newly Trained Nova Scotia Doctors Act - Passed first reading, and is awaiting debate in principle by the House.
- Bill No. 37 - Joseph Howe Day Act - Passed first reading, and is awaiting debate in principle by the House.
- Bill No. 39 – Liquor Control Act (amended) - Passed first reading, and is awaiting debate in principle by the House.
- Bill No. 44 – Legislative Internship Act - Passed first reading, and is awaiting debate in principle by the House.
- Bill No. 45 – Wilderness Areas Protection Act (amended) - Passed first reading, and is awaiting debate in principle by the House.
- Bill No. 46 – Fair Treatment of Children Act - Passed first reading, and is awaiting debate in principle by the House.
- Bill No. 48 – Income Tax Act (amended) – Passed first reading, and is awaiting debate in principle by the House.
- Bill No. 49 – Buy Nova Scotia First Act - Passed first reading, and is awaiting debate in principle by the House.
- Bill No. 54 – Cemeteries Protection Act (amended) – Received Royal Assent on May 19, 2011. This Act came into force on Royal Assent.
- Bill No. 58 – Multiple Sclerosis Liberation Therapy Act – Passed first reading, and is awaiting debate in principle by the House.
- Bill No. 60 – Elections Act (amended) – Passed first reading, and is awaiting debate in principle by the House.
- Bill No. 61 – Pension Benefits Act (amended) – Passed first reading, and was adjourned on 2nd reading.
- Bill No. 63 – Concussion Awareness Act – Passed first reading, and is awaiting debate in principle by the House.
- Bill No. 64 –Motor Vehicle Act (amended) – Passed first reading, and is awaiting debate in principle by the House.
- Bill No. 66 – Ratepayer Protection Act - Passed first reading, and was adjourned on second reading.
- Bill No. 67 – Scrap-Metal Dealers and Recyclers Act - Passed first reading, and is awaiting debate in principle by the House.
- Bill No. 68 – Elimination of Bonuses in Power Rates Act - Passed first reading, and was adjourned on second reading.
- Bill No. 69 – Transparency in Power Rates Act - Passed first reading, and was adjourned on second reading.
- Bill No. 70 – Ratepayer Fairness Act - Passed first reading, and was adjourned on second reading.
- Bill No. 71 – Public Service Act (amended) - Passed first reading, and is awaiting debate in principle by the House.
- Bill No. 74 – Income Tax Act (Amended) - Passed first reading and is awaiting debate in principle by the House.
- Bill No. 77 – Environmental Ombudsman Act - Passed first reading, and is awaiting debate in principle by the House.
- Bill No. 79 – Green Energy Promotion Act - Passed first reading, and is awaiting debate in principle by the House.
- Bill No. 82 – Next Generation Act - Passed first reading, and is awaiting debate in principle by the House.
- Bill No. 83 – Health Protection Act (amended) - Passed first reading, and is awaiting debate in principle in the House.
- Bill No. 87 – Wildlife Act (amended) - Passed first reading, and is awaiting debate in principle in the House.
- Bill No. 88 – Code of Ethics Act - Passed first reading and is awaiting debate in principle in the House
- Bill No. 89 - Sea, Army and Air Cadets Training Recognition Act - Passed first reading and is awaiting debate in principle in the House.
- Bill No. 91 - Increasing Immigration to Nova Scotia Act – Passed first reading and is awaiting debate in principle by the House.
- Bill No. 92 - Power Rate Reduction Review Act –Passed first reading and was adjourned on second reading.
- Bill No. 97 - Day Care Act (amended) - Passed first reading and is awaiting debate in principle by the House.
- Bill No. 103 - Early Development Instrument Assessment Program Act - Passed first reading and is awaiting debate in principle by the House.
- Bill No. 105 - Trade Union Act (amended) – Passed first reading and is awaiting debate in principle by the House.
- Bill No. 107 – Multi-Year Funding Act - Passed first reading and is awaiting debate in principle by the House.
- Bill No. 113 – Income Tax Act (amended) – Passed first reading and is awaiting debate in principle by the House.
- Bill No. 117 - Sales Tax Act (amended) – Passed first reading and is awaiting debate in principle by the House.
- Bill No. 119 - Offshore Safety Standards Act - Passed first reading and is awaiting debate in principle by the House.
- Bill No. 127 - Debt Settlement Protection Act - Passed first reading and is awaiting debate in principle by the House.
- Bill No. 130 - Victims' Rights and Services Act (amended) - Passed first reading and is awaiting debate in principle by the House.
- Bill No. 134 - Petroleum Products Pricing Act (repealed) - Passed first reading and is awaiting debate in principle by the House.
- Bill No. 135 - Workers' Compensation Act (amended) – Passed first reading and is awaiting debate in principle by the House.

Status Update on Private and Local Bills
- Bill No. 20 - Trustees of Liverpool United Baptist Church Act (amended) - Received Royal Assent on May 19, 2011. This Act came into force on Royal Assent.
- Bill No. 22 – Public Service Commission of Bridgewater Act (amended) – Received Royal Assent on May 19, 2011. Section 4 has effect on and after November 25, 1999. All other changes came into force on Royal Assent.
- Bill No. 38 – Yarmouth North Baptist Church Act - Received Royal Assent on Dec 15, 2011. This Act comes into force on Royal Assent.
- Bill No. 99 - An Act Respecting the Archdiocese of Halifax - Received Royal Assent on Dec 15, 2011. This Act has effect on and after December 8, 2011.
- Bill No. 101 - An Act to Incorporate the Halifax Kennel Club (amended) - Received Royal Assent on Dec 15, 2011. This Act comes into force on Royal Assent.
- Bill No. 129 - St. Michael's Polish Association and Benefit Society Act (amended) - Received Royal Assent on Dec 15, 2011. This Act comes into force on such day as the Governor in Council orders and declares by proclamation or on May 3, 2012, if not proclaimed in force on or before that day.
- Bill No. 132 - Acadia Recreation Club Act - Received Royal Assent on Dec 15, 2011. This Act comes into force on Royal Assent.

THE PROGRESS OF BILLS IN THE NOVA SCOTIA LEGISLATURE

The legislative process begins when a Bill is presented by a Member of the House of Assembly and is given First Reading by the House, without debate.

A Bill is given Second Reading after being debated in principle in the House.

Following Second Reading, Bills are referred to one of the legislative committees – the Law Amendments Committee or Private and Local Bills Committee – for detailed discussion in meetings outside the House. Members of the public can attend the meetings of these Committees and make presentations respecting any Bill. Amendments are frequently considered and may be adopted and included in the Bill when it is reported back to the House.

Bills reported back from the legislative committees are debated, clause by clause, by the members of the House acting as the Committee of the Whole House on Bills. The Bill is then reported back to the House.

The Bill receives Third Reading and the final approval of the House. There may be some debate at this stage but usually the Bill is voted on with no discussion.

The Bill receives Royal Assent when the Lieutenant Governor signs the final version. The Bill is then referred to as an Act, and is assigned a chapter number in the Statutes of Nova Scotia.

Commencement is the day on which the Act takes effect. Ordinarily, an Act takes effect when it is given Royal Assent. Sometimes, however, it provides that it will come into effect only when is it proclaimed to take effect by Order in Counsel to be made by the Cabinet.

Government Bills are introduced by the Minister of the department responsible for the legislation. Private Members Bills are generally introduced by a member of the opposition parties. Government Bills have a higher likelihood of becoming law since the largest party in the Legislative Assembly supports the initiative. Except in a minority government, Private Members Bills are unlikely to be brought forward for substantive debate or become law.

If you wish to be informed when a specific piece of legislation is scheduled to be heard by a legislative committee, please contact us and we will make arrangements for you to be so informed.

If you have any questions regarding the legislation summarized above or would like to receive a copy of any Bill, please contact Jennifer Forster at (902) 491-4107 or jforster@coxandpalmer.com 
 


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