Members of Parliament (MPs) are to begin initiating bills in Parliament using the Private Members Bill.
The Speaker of Parliament, Professor Aaron Michael Oquaye, who disclosed this said the MPs would sponsor bills on social, health, illegal mining and other issues affecting Ghanaians.
In an interview with selected journalists in his office at Parliament House last Monday, Prof. Oquaye said Parliament was setting up a legal department to assist in the drafting of the bills.
The interview was titled: “The Speaker in His Own Words”, and the journalists who conducted the interviews were the Political Editor of the Daily Graphic, Mr Kobby Asmah; the Host of Weekly Press Review on Ghana Television, Mr John Kwame Waja; a News Editor of Joy News, Ms Araba Koomson, and Mr Winston Amoah from TV3.
The journalists posed questions on infrastructure development in Parliament, attendance of MPs to Parliament, Speaker’s relationship with the Minority Caucus in Parliament, the legacy Prof. Oquaye would leave behind, among others.
Private Members Bill
A Private Members Bill in a parliamentary system of government is a bill introduced into a legislature by a legislator who is not acting on behalf of the Executive branch of government.
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The designation “Private Members Bill” is used in most Westminster System jurisdictions, in which a “private member” is any Member of Parliament (MP) who is not a member of the Cabinet (Executive).
A Private Members Bill is not to be confused with a private bill, which is a bill that only affects an individual citizen or group.
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