Newfoundland and Labrador.

AuthorMurphy, Elizabeth

The House met on May 5 to pass five Bills, expedited by leave, mostly related to the COVID-19 pandemic:

* Bill 34, An Act To Amend The Liquor Control Act And The Liquor Corporation Act relating to sale and delivery of alcoholic beverages by certain licensees in the current circumstances.

* Bill 35, An Act Respecting The Witnessing Of Documents Through The Use Of Audio Visual Technology which would permit the virtual witnessing of certain documents for the duration of the pandemic.

* Bill 36, An Act To Amend The Temporary Variation Of Statutory Deadlines Act which would extend the application of these measures enacted on March 26 to the end of the Interim Supply period as the original measure expired "at the end of the next sitting of the house".

* Bill 37, An Act To Amend The Pharmacy Act which would permit pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to be registered more expeditiously than would normally be the case; and

* Bill 38, An Act To Amend The Public Health Promotion And Protection Act which would facilitate the enforcement of public health measures imposed during the pandemic in particular with respect to travellers entering the Province.

As on March 26 there were 10 Members in the House, three Table Officers and the Sergeant-at-Arms.

The House also struck a select committee, during this one-day sitting, tasked with determining how Members might meet virtually should it become necessary. The Select Committee of Rules and Procedures Governing Virtual Proceedings of the House of Assembly itself met virtually seven times and reported on June 30. The Committee recommended that if it became necessary to meet virtually the proceedings would be carried out using the hybrid model with at least 10 Members in the House, the remainder participating...

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