Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Member's Day

Today is a Member's Day, but a boring but worthy one. First up is a local bill aimed at correcting a 160-year-old injustice. Following that there's the Committee Stage of of Jacqui Dean's Conservation (Natural Heritage Protection) Bill, which should also have wide agreement. If that goes quickly, then the House may make further progress on Cam Calder's Summary Offences (Possession of Hand-held Lasers) Amendment Bill. There won't be a ballot unless the House goes extra-fast and makes a start on Le'aufa'amulia Asenati Lole-Taylor Sentencing (Protection of Children from Criminal Offending) Amendment Bill.

Meanwhile, it looks like the Local Government and Environment Committee has kicked the Manukau City Council (Regulation of Prostitution in Specified Places) Bill for another six months, to March 2014. This bill has now been before the Committee for three years, and while they've had to consider some changes due to the Auckland Supercity, they've had more than enough time to do so. Time to let it loose and vote it down.