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++ An Act to Amend the Legislative Assembly Act +

Legislature :
55
Session :
3
Bill No. :
72
Member :
Mr. Lamrock
First Reading :
2006-5-30
Second Reading :
Committee of the Whole :
Amended :
Third Reading :
Royal Assent :
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Bill 72

Text of Bill :
Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick, enacts as follows:



1                           The Legislative Assembly Act, chapter L-3 of the Revised Statutes, 1973, is amended by adding after section 8 the following:



8.1(1)             The Legislative Assembly shall maintain at all times a set of rules and procedures, which shall be known as the Standing Rules of the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick.



8.1(2)             The Standing Rules of the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick may not be altered without a consensus of all members of the Legislative Assembly.



8.1(3)             Notwithstanding subsection (2), a simple majority of members of the Legislative Assembly may amend the Standing Rules of the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick if the member of the Legislative Assembly sponsoring a motion to do the same is also a member of a political party having provided written notice of its intention to make the proposed amendment prior to the preceding provincial election.



8.1(4)             Notwithstanding subsections (2) and (3), the Legislative Assembly may not adopt any amendment to the Standing Rules of the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick which has the effect of diminishing, removing, or enhancing the relative voting power of any individual member of the Legislative Assembly or any caucus of members of the Legislative Assembly without the unanimous consent of all the members of the Legislative Assembly.



2                           The Act is amended by adding after section 15 the following:



15.1(1)          The Speaker shall not make, alter or reverse, nor offer to make, alter or reverse any interpretation of the rules, traditions and conventions of the Legislative Assembly in exchange for



(a)               any decision of government to spend money on a given project or in a given locality;



(b)               any advantage in gaining the nomination of a political party in any riding;



(c)                any decision of government in appointing a particular individual to any position created under a provincial statute.



15.1(2)          In order to ensure transparency and consistency, the Speaker shall provide reasons for any ruling or interpretation of the rules, traditions and conventions of the Legislative Assembly when requested to do so by two members of the Assembly.

 

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