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House to resume with full in-tray to pass key bills

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Both National Assembly and the Senate will consider and approve its calendar for the session which will reflect the special circumstances occasioned by COVID-19 as well as the precautionary protocols when the House resumes this afternoon.

The National Assembly is also expected to reconstitute five Parliamentary committees; The House Business Committee, the Parliamentary powers and privileges Committee, Committee on Members’ services and facilities, Committee on Appointments and the Budget and Appropriation Committee.

National Assembly Clerk Michael Sialai said the house will prioritize the consideration and approval of the Budget Policy Statement (BPS) for the year 2021-2022 as well as the annual revenue bills.

“In accordance with the Public Finance Management Act, 2012, the BPS should be submitted by the National Treasury for Tabling in the House by 15th February, each year.

The BPS will be subjected for consideration by the Budget and Appropriations Committee and the 15 Departmental Committees before approval by the House.

This will pave way for the introduction and passage of the annual Divisions of Revenue Bill and the County Allocation of Revenue Bill by both Houses.

“These two Bills are also top on priority list of Parliament this Fifth Session,” said Sialai.

The House will also consider eight pending bills by the Majority Party, 15 committee bills as well as over 50 bills sponsored by individual members.

Sialai says the House will also prioritize pending committee reports once it resumes for business.

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