The only Bill on which submissions to select committee are
currently sought is the Christchurch City Council (Rates
Validation) Bill. The Bill validates a number of rates and
penalties for non-payment where irregularities occurred in the
relevant council resolutions. Submissions are due 31 July 2014.
Despite there being only one Bill under consultation, select
committees will be busy dealing with other Bills on which
submissions have already been made. These include the Health and
Safety Reform Bill, the Building (Earthquake-prone Buildings)
Amendment Bill, the Education Amendment Bill No.2, and the Statutes
Amendment Bill No. 4 (which amends a wide range of Acts).
Bills introduced and awaiting first reading include the
Crimes (Match-fixing) Amendment Bill and the Gambling
Amendment Bill No. 3. The first Bill topically addresses
match-fixing risks presented by the Cricket World Cup and FIFA U-20
World Cup that New Zealand is hosting next year. The Gambling
Amendment Bill focuses mainly on rules around Class 4 gambling (for
non-casino electronic machines in bars and clubs).
The House rises on 31 July 2014 in the lead-up to the election
on 20 September 2014. All Bills before the House at that time
automatically lapse. However, the new House is able to reinstate
any Bill it wishes, at the same stage that the Bill had previously
reached. This allows the new House to determine which Bills to
Bills currently before the House include taxation and trade
measures Bills, Treaty Settlement legislation, the Employment
Relations Amendment Bill and the Companies and Limited Partnerships
Consultation documents currently released or other consultation
that will commence shortly includes:
Privacy Act: The Government has announced
proposed changes to the Privacy Act, in response to a Law
Commission report, and will conduct targeted technical
Independent Forestry Safety Review: The Review
Panel has released a consultation document on proposals to improve
health and safety in the forestry sector. Submissions close 4 July
Crown Proceedings Act: The Law Commission is
reviewing this Act, which deals with the situations in which the
Crown may be sued. Submissions are due 1 August 2014.
Playing by the rules: Strengthening
enforcement of employment standards: The paper is aimed at
improving the enforcement of employment standards, which protect
Introducing a Bounded Public Interest Test into the New
Zealand Anti-Dumping and Countervailing Duties Regime: The
Bill follows the recent removal of anti-dumping duties on imported
residential construction materials. The paper considers whether or
not to impose a public interest test under the Dumping and
Countervailing Duties Act 1988. Submissions are due 30 June
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