Bills before Parliament on which submissions to Select
Committees are sought include:
Education Amendment Bill (No. 2)
The Bill proposes changes to the professional regulation of
teachers, the governance and quality assurance regime for tertiary
education institutions, and introduces an additional ground for
deregistering private training establishments. There are also
changes relating to international students, including a dispute
resolution scheme. The New Zealand Teachers Council is to be
replaced with the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand.
Submissions due Wednesday 30 April 2014.
Environmental Reporting Bill
The Bill introduces a system for regular and independent
reporting on environmental matters at a national level. Submissions
due Thursday 17 April 2014.
Building (Earthquake-prone Buildings) Bill
The Bill proposes a range of new measures relating to
earthquake-prone buildings, including a requirement for territorial
authorities to assess the seismic capacity of existing buildings
and that work on earthquake-prone buildings is undertaken within 20
years. The Bill also enables territorial authorities (that are
building consent authorities) to issue building consents for
earthquake strengthening work without requiring other upgrades
(e.g. for access and facilities for people with disabilities and
for means of escape from fire). Submissions due Thursday 17 April
Health and Safety Reform Bill
The Bill makes a range of changes to New Zealand's workplace
Health and Safety regime following the recent Independent Taskforce
on Workplace Health and Safety and the Pike River Royal Commission.
Health and Safety news. Submissions due Friday 11 April
Energy (Fuels, Levies and References) Amendment Bill
The Bill proposes amendments to the Energy (Fuels, Levies and
References) Act 1989 to provide for the costs of meeting New
Zealand's oil stockholding treaty obligation under the
Agreement on an International Energy Programme to be met through a
levy on fuel. Submissions due Thursday, 17 April 2014.
The Statutes Amendment Bill (No. 4) has been
introduced to Parliament but not yet referred to Select Committee.
The Bill proposes amendments to a range of Bills, most of which
should be non-controversial. Legislation affected includes the
Animal Welfare Act 1999, the Biosecurity Act 1993, the Copyright
Act 1994, the Land Transfer Act 1998, the Local Government Act
1974, the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act
1987 and the Official Information Act 1981. No time for submissions
has yet been set.
The Government has responded to the Law Commission's reviews
of the Incorporated Societies Act 1908 and the Trustee Act,
agreeing to new legislation in both areas. The next step is for the
Government to develop the new legislation.
Other consultation on legal issues currently underway
Inquiry into Oversight of Disallowable Instruments that
are Not Legislative Instruments (DINLIs). The Regulations
Review Committee of Parliament is carrying out a review into the
rules for Parliamentary oversight of DINLIs, a particular form of
delegated legislation (often called deemed regulations).
Submissions due Thursday 3 April 2014.
New Zealand Business Number Extension. The
Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment is proposing to
extend the coverage of the New Zealand business number to all
businesses, government agencies and commercial entitles.
Submissions due Friday 11 April 2014.
Business Growth Agenda. The Ministry of
Business, Innovation and Employment is seeking general feedback on
six initiatives aimed at growing the economy, including capital
markets, infrastructure and innovation.
Cost-of-capital input methodolies. The Commerce
Commission is starting further work on its cost of capital input
methodologies. The work follows a High Court judicial review of the
existing methodologies and is focussed on the question of whether
it is appropriate to use the 75th percentile estimate of the
weighted average cost of capital (WACC). The WACC is an important
input into setting the prices for regulated electricity
distribution businesses, gas pipeline businesses and for
Transpower, and is also relevant to information disclosure by
airports regulated under the Commerce Act. Submissions on the
update paper are invited until 1 May 2014.
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