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Thirty seven bills to be submitted to parliament this term including amendments to the Constitution

The State has sent a list of 37 bills they intend to submit to parliament this term including amendments to the constitution. First readings of Sovereign Development Fund Bill and amendments to Health Service Provision Act was heard today.

Aishath Shuba Solih
10 June 2024, MVT 19:23
Attorney General Ahmed Usham.
Aishath Shuba Solih
10 June 2024, MVT 19:23

The government has decided to submit 37 bills to the parliament this legislative term including amendments to the constitution.

Laws of the parliament stipulate that the government is mandated to deliver a list of each bill that will be submitted to the parliament each legislative term.

Speaker of Parliament, Abdul Raheem Abdulla declared while beginning today's parliament session, that the parliament has received the list of bills and revealed that there are 37 bills the government intends to propose to the parliament this term.

Amendments proposed by the government this parliament term

- Amendment to the Constitution

- Amendment to the Health Service Provision Act

- Amendment to the Copyrights & Related Rights Act

- Amendments to the Freedom of Peaceful Assembly Act

- Amendment to the Legal Profession Act

- Amendment to the Criminal Procedures Act

- Amendments to the Maldives Penal Code

- Amendment to the Anti-Defection Act

- Amendment to the Tourism Act

- Amendments to the Occupational Safety and Health Act

- Amendments to the Industrial Relations Act

- Amendments to the Land Transport Act

- Amendments to the Drug Act

- Amendments to the Evidence Act

- Amendments to the Sports Act

- Amendments to the Employment Act

- Amendment to the Education Act

- Amendment to the Right to Information Act

- Amendment to the Broadcasting Act

- Amendment to the Maldives Media Council Act

Bills proposed by the government this parliament term

- Sovereign Development Fund Bill

- Housing Bill

- Real Estate Businesses Bill

- Urban Planning and Urban Development Bill

- Land Bill

- Transport Planning and Service Provision Bill

- Mental Health Bill

- State Fiscal Responsibilities Bill

- Bill on State debt

- Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Bill

- Foreign Investment Bill

- Maldives International Financial Service Authority Bill

- Diplomatic Privileges Bill

- Insurance Bill

- Attorney General's Office Bill

- Animal Health Bill

This also includes bills initially set to be submitted during the previous term as well as three bills sent back during the former legislative term. Among these, the session held today had heard the first reading of the Sovereign Development Fund bill as well as the bill proposing amendments to the Health Service Provision Act.

In response to a question posed by Mihaaru News regarding the amendments to the Constitution, Attorney General Ahmed Usham stated that the list is a complete list of amendments including those amendments to the Constitution deemed necessary for the passing of some bills. He added that the government intends to amend Articles of the Constitution concerning the amendments they seek for the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) Act as well.

"There are some Acts that cannot be amended without bringing some amendments to Constitution itself. As such, the government intends to bring various amendments to the Constitution." said AG Usham.

He assured that research on these amendments are currently progressing.

President Dr Mohamed Muizzu had previously announced that over 200 bills need to be passed at the parliament to implement his presidential manifesto.