Integrity bill clears Senate

The Senate last night passed the contentious Integrity in Public Life Bill, 2023 with a 19-1 vote.

The bill brings into law attempts to deal with corruption by public officials but had failed in the Upper Chamber in 2020 after not obtaining the required two-thirds majority vote.

Last night a voice vote was taken and Independent Senator Monique Taitt was the only senator to vote “no” and that followed a lengthy back-and-forth of queries from other senators on aspects of the bill.

On July 21, Attorney General Dale Marshall, in tabling the legislation, revealed two changes were made to the bill which failed in the Senate in 2020 when it did not earn the required two-thirds majority. (AC)