Throne speech highlights at a glance

  • Governor George Fergusson reads the Throne Speech at Cabinet this morning

    Governor George Fergusson reads the Throne Speech at Cabinet this morning

* MarketPlace, Supermart and Lindo’s will introduce ten percent discount shopping days on Wednesdays for one year from December 1 as part of a food cost relief initiative

* Energy cost relief will be sought for residents and businesses by making changes to the Energy Act and Regulatory Authority Act, and allowing the independent Regulatory Authority to regulate energy

* A referendum on gaming will take place in the first quarter of 2014

* Government will produce a public consultation paper on the decriminalisation of marijuana and an examination of its wider uses

* Retail outlets will be allowed to sell wine and spirits on Sundays

* Amendments will be made to the Defence Act to eliminate conscription

* A temporary jobs programme will be created to bring St George’s golf course back to a maintained level

* Debt collection and enforcement measures will be stepped up through tougher legislation to claw back $70 million owed in unpaid taxes

* The Finance Ministry will issue a $50 million bond issue this month to complete its strategic borrowing requirements

* An Office of the Contractor General will be formed to oversee Government projects and ensure all rules, guidelines and policies are adhered to

* Up to 20 percent of Government spending on goods and services will go to small businesses via an initiative involving Bermuda Economic Development Corporation

* Issues with holding, acquiring and conveying land in the property market will be clarified and streamlined

* A Good Samaritan Act will be set up to provide legal protection to those who donate food to people in need

* Absentee balloting will be introduced for travellers and students off the Island at election time

* The Hotel Concessions Act will be amended to attract developers for new tourism resorts and products

* Additional funds will be allocated to anti-gang mediation programme Team Street Safe

* Mandatory ID checks will be enforced in bars and nightclubs

* Judges will be given power to set the minimum amount of time served before parole for murderers and other serious offenders

* A Vulnerable Persons Act will be introduced to help protect people with cognitive or other disabilities

* A strategy for care of the elderly and disabled who can’t stay in their own homes will be developed

* Legislation will be amended to help provide Bermuda status to people born in Bermuda or adopted by Bermudian parents

* The Community Driven Development will be expanded to engage more men and women on financial assistance

* Government will seek more creative solutions than prison for those who fail to pay child maintenance

* A National Gender Policy will be established to bring “equitable considerations to decision-making”

* A White Paper will be tabled on Inclusive and Special Education, setting out Government’s plans and a clear framework to meet the needs of all students

* S3 students will be required to sit the Employability Certification Programme offered through City and Guilds

* An audit of the physical plant of maintained schools will be carried out

* A national strategy to revitalise the agricultural industry will be developed

* A system will be introduced to better control invasive species, and specifically target lionfish

* Alexandra Battery, Gates Fort and the Ferry Reach Martello Tower will be renovated in St George’s this year

* Government will begin work providing hurricane shelters at Clearwater Middle School and Sandys Secondary Middle School

* LED lighting will be introduced as an energy-saving pilot project at the Trimingham Hill roundabouts

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Published Nov 8, 2013 at 12:09 pm (Updated Nov 8, 2013 at 12:09 pm)

Throne speech highlights at a glance

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