Senate to resume sittings with focus on passage of key bills

March 28, 2017 (5 weeks ago) 9:23 am
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The Senate will focus on the County Allocation of Revenue Bill and just like the budget, the timelines for the passage of the Bill have been changed to factor in the August elections/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 28 – The Senate is expected to resume sittings Tuesday with focus being in the passage of Bills that will give the next set of Governors and MCAs a smooth take-off.

The Senate will focus on the County Allocation of Revenue Bill and just like the budget, the timelines for the passage of the Bill have been changed to factor in the August elections.

The House will also be keen on ensuring key laws touching on devolution are passed.

At the close of the second Legislative Summit in Mombasa last week, MCAs appealed to the Senators to fastrack up to 10 Bills which they said hold the key to successful devolution.

Among the Bills the MCAs asked the Senate to pass before end of the session in June included The County Pensions Scheme Bill, the Intergovernmental Relations (Amendment) Bill, 2014 to entrench the Council of County Assemblies in law, the Impeachment Procedure Bill, 2016 to clarify the impeachment process and the Public Participation Bill, 2016.

Other Bills the 47 County Assemblies want the Senate to push the National Assembly to consider and pass include the County Attorneys Bill, 2014, Office of the County Printer Bill, 2014, the County Public Service Bill, Petition to County Assembly (Procedure) Bill, 2014 and the Access to Information Bill, 2016.

They also include Division of Revenue Bill, the County Allocation of Revenue Bill, the Kenya Roads Bill, Constitutional (Amendment) Bill, the County Boundaries Bill and the County Government (Amendment) Bill.

Others are the Physical Planning Bill and the Land Value Index (Amendment) Bill.

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