Airport Bills go to Senate
All eyes are on the Senate today as two Bills for the airport redevelopment go before the Upper House after getting approved in Parliament following a lengthy debate.
With no word of protests planned, The Royal Gazette understands that security is not expected to be heavy.
The Progressive Labour Party has staunchly opposed the airport deal, and Opposition leader David Burt issued a statement shortly after MPs finished their deliberations early on Saturday, calling on the public to make their views known to senators ahead of the debate.
With the debate strictly following party lines, the role of independent senator and Senate president Carol Ann Bassett, along with independents Joan Dillas Wright and James Jardine, will be especially pronounced.
However, it would take a no vote from all three, along with those of Opposition senators Tinee Furbert, Renee Ming and Kim Wilkerson, for the legislation to be turned back.
Since the two Bills were amended in the House of Assembly, they are now The Bermuda Airport Authority Act 2017 and the Airport Redevelopment Concession Act 2017. Senators will also discuss casino regulations that were narrowly passed in the House of Assembly.
Also coming will be a ministerial statement from Senator Michael Fahy, the Minister of Tourism, Transport and Municipalities, on his attendance at the International Casino Expo held earlier this month in London.
The Senate is scheduled to receive the annual reports for the Bermuda Sport Anti-Doping Authority for the financial years ending March 31, 2016 and 2015 — as well as its audited financials for the year ending March 31, 2013.