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White collar crime and drug test on House agenda

MPs will today wage war on white collar crime when laws tightening money laundering legislation go up for debate in the House of Assembly.

The Proceeds of Crime Amendment Act 2013 will target gaps in the Island's law covering “illicit and unethical business dealings”, according to Attorney General Mark Pettingill.

This will include suspected terrorist financing.

And legislation promised in the last Throne Speech will be considered when MPs discuss the Park Hyatt (St George's) Resort Repeal Act 2013.

The bill does away with a 2008 lease agreement granted to Club Med developer Carl Bazarian, which would have seen an extensive hotel and golf course put in place at the East End.

Random drug testing for MPs is also scheduled for discussion — in a proposal from Public Safety Minister Michael Dunkley.

Mr Dunkley is to table a motion that the House supports the appointment of Joint Select Committee to put forward recommendations on how to best implement a testing policy.

Also up for debate is the Investment Funds Amendment Act 2013.

This legislation will overhaul the 2006 Act, giving new criteria exempting certain funds from the requirements of authorisation and review.

Sessions House. Photo David Skinner

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Published September 20, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated September 20, 2013 at 9:10 am)

White collar crime and drug test on House agenda

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