Rates Validation Bill Progresses

by Desk Editor on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 — 7:41 PM

With some reluctance MPs have progressed another bill validating unlawfully set rates.

Damien O’Connor said the Tasman District Council (Validation and Recovery of Certain Rates) Bill bill was not one he was happy to be sponsoring but did so reluctantly on behalf of ratepayers.

The bill retrospectively validates unlawfully set rates and was passed by 119 to 1 with Mana opposed.

MPs began the second reading of the Sullivan Birth Certificate Bill.

The bill would allow the name of both Diane Sullivan and Doreen Margaret Shields to be recorded on the birth certificate of Rowen Sullivan as her mother, sponsoring MP Louisa Wall said.

The bill completed its second reading on a voice vote and MPs began the second reading debate of the Electronic Transactions (Contract Formation) Amendment Bill in the name of Paul Goldsmith.

The bill completed its second reading on a voice vote, but National dragged out proceedings as far as possible thus preventing any other members’ bills being debated before the House rose at 10pm.

The House will sit tomorrow at 9am to debate a number of treaty settlement bills.

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