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Sep 2, 2021

Did Government Consult on Tenth Amendment Bill?

Osmany Salas

With the likelihood of the proposed legislation being read through on Friday, the question of consultation has arisen and whether due process was carried out by the government ahead of its passage.


Osmany Salas, N.G.O. Senator

“The government has done what is laid out in the constitution and the constitution, for any constitutional amendment, the constitution says that there has to be a ninety-day waiting period after the amendment bill has been read the first time.  There’s a ninety-day gestation period or waiting period to give the public the opportunity to express their concerns.  So they’ve done that.  They have ticked the checklist and that has been done.  There is also the eleventh amendment on the table that is still within this ninety-day waiting period, so it will be interesting after that, you know, period ends, what the government will do.  So they’ve checked the box.  Now if it’s adequate, now that’s a whole other matter because amending a constitution in a piecemeal fashion which to a great extent, for all intents and purposes, it’s tinkering with the constitution is not healthy for our democracy.  It is not the way the framers of our constitution intended to happen.”

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