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Legislature review expected to improve service

A review of how the Island's legislature is managed is expected to improve Parliamentary services and make Government more accessible to the public, it is claimed.

A Government spokesman last night confirmed that a Parliamentary Joint Select Committee set up in the summer has now met three times intent on improving the running of Parliament.

“A central point is that internationally democratic legislatures are continually evolving,” the spokesman said.

“Additionally, social media and other information technology platforms have played a pivotal role in the areas of transparency, accountability and governance.

“In light of this, it is viewed that Bermuda's Legislature must adopt a more aggressive stance in these areas in order to better fulfil its constitutional role. Furthermore, it is vital to improve the Parliamentary services that are provided to the people of Bermuda, as well as ensure that the Legislature is more accessible.

“To that end Parliamentary Joint Select Committee advised that it will examine various management structures of other Parliaments and upon the completion of the review, the Committee will ensure that Bermuda's parliamentary service meets the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association's standards and other internationally recommended benchmarks.”

The committee is made up of Government House leader and whip, Cole Simons, MPs Jeanne Atherden, Kenneth Bascome and Lovitta Foggo, and Senators Jeff Baron and Diallo Rabain.

The committee welcomes written submissions from the public which can be e-mailed to governance@parliament.bm.

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Published October 21, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated October 20, 2013 at 11:40 pm)

Legislature review expected to improve service

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