Premier Andrew Fahie introduced six bills on Friday in the House of Assembly, including the long-awaited Consumer Protection Act.

He also introduced the Immigration Passport (Amendment) Act as part of his efforts to regularise the belongership process for Virgin Islands residents.

He then moved to suspend the scheduled second and third readings of that bill, which would have fast-tracked it, citing the recent protests surrounding the belongership initiative.

“More views of the people need to be heard on all sides, and we are going to go out there and get it,” he said. “I am not going to do
anything as your leader … that would seem insensitive.”

He also introduced the Supplementary Appropriation (2014) Act, the Supplementary Appropriation (2015) Act, the Disaster Management Act and the Virgin Islands Red Cross Act.

The bills likely will be debated at the second and third readings at a future HOA sitting. The next one is scheduled for June 3.


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