Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Member's Day

Today is a Member's Day - which is weird, because there was one just last week. But by agreement of the Business Committee, the House has devoted this morning to Member's business, presumably because they're not expecting to do so next week. And they're motoring through it: so far they have done the committee stage of Chlöe Swarbrick's Election Access Fund Bill, passed Ian McKelvie's Dog Control (Category 1 Offences) Amendment Bill, voted down Rino Tirikatene's Electoral (Entrenchment of Māori Seats) Amendment Bill (NZ First uniting with fellow racists National on this), and sent Darroch Ball's Protection for First Responders and Prison Officers Bill to select committee. They're currently debating Ginny Andersen's Holidays (Bereavement Leave for Miscarriage) Amendment Bill (No 2), which seems like it has cross-party support so far, and it looks like they'll even make a start on Melissa Lee's Broadcasting (New Zealand on Air and Te Māngai Pāho Reporting Requirements) Amendment Bill. Which means we might even get a ballot tomorrow!