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Oct 9, 2019

John Briceño Writes Letter to House Speaker About Denial of his Constitutional Right

Still on the unpopular Joshua Perdomo write-off, the Leader of the Opposition John Briceño has written to the House Speaker Laura Longsworth taking issue with the conduct of the debate on October fourth. Briceño tells the Speaker that he and other parliamentarians were denied the right to debate or comment on the write-off and that goes against the grain of their responsibility. Briceño states that the decision to block the debate was “clearly a denial of my constitutional right and duty as a member of the House and in particular, as the Leader of the Opposition.” He points out that the practice is for bills and motions to be sent to committee and then referred back to the House for debate and comment.  As such, the ruling of the Speaker is contrary to the letter and spirit of the Standing Orders and also to precedent and practice governing the passage of motions and bills relating to government business. Briceño also tells the Speaker that the stifling of debate on a matter of national importance will have a deleterious effect on the democratic process and on how the House functions as rules based, deliberative and oversight institution.


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