The first sitting of the 40th Parliament adjourned on July 25, 2013. The House did not reconvene in the fall.
On September 10, 2013, the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services commenced its annual province-wide budget consultations, seeking input from individuals and organizations on the 2014 provincial budget. Contributions to the consultation process were submitted at seventeen public hearings in communities around the province, at video conference sessions in a further five communities, through completion of an on-line Budget Consultation Paper 2014 survey, or through audio, video or written submission to the Committee's consultation website.
This year's consultation process resulted in 676 submissions--263 responses to the Budget Consultation Paper 2014 survey, 170 written submissions, and 243 public hearing submissions. The Committee's report on the results of the budget consultations were to be made public no later than November 15, 2013, in accordance with section 2 of B.C.'s Budget Transparency and Accountability Act.
On September 24, 2013, the all-party Legislative Assembly Management Committee (LAMC) held its first meeting in the 40th Parliament. LAMC agreed on actions to strengthen public disclosure and accountability to British Columbians, including expanded quarterly reporting on Members' travel expenses, quarterly disclosure of Members' compensation, disclosure of Members' constituency office expenses, and the publication of quarterly independent, audited financial statements for the first time. The Committee's decisions were designed to fulfil its commitment for full disclosure of Assembly expenses and liabilities. The information on MLA remuneration and expenses is posted on the Legislative Assembly website.
On October 9, 2013, the Select Standing Committee on Public Accounts held its first full-day orientation session. The session was organized to support the committee as it prepares to tackle a heavy workload. Technical briefings were given by CCAF-FCVI representatives, senior officials from the offices of the Auditor General and the Comptroller General, as well as...