If, as the government has alleged, these matters are already finalized, then nothing stands in the way of Parliament’s handling and subsequent approval.
In its motions, the Parliament of St. Maarten has taken a clear stand on the matters of the integrity chamber and border control, as the stated conditions for the reconstruction aid from the Kingdom government.
The draft integrity chamber law (ordinance) has to follow the legal procedures of any law, including advising by the Council of Advice. This advice must be accompanied by government’s comments and reaction to the Council’s advice.
While the border control agreement is the justice minister’s prerogative and the parliament has already instructed the minister to comply with parliament’s motion on this, the integrity chamber must be formalized in a law of Parliament.
While hypothetically, an initiative from Parliament can also accomplish legislation, such also has to be submitted to the council of Advice and reacted upon.
Hence the call to Government to speed up the process and by doing so, take away at least this hurdle standing in the way of the much needed aid for St. Maarten.
Tuesday’s meeting is a central committee meeting, a necessary part of the legislative trajectory, but the law can only be voted upon in a public meeting of Parliament.