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Senate’s Priorities: Four Major Bills, Associate Justice-Designate Nagbe’s Confirmation

Liberian Observer/Maximilian Kasseh,Jr.

MONROVIA,LIBERIA-As the Senate returns to Capitol Hill today, Monday, August 13, from a three-week Independence Day break, the senators are expected to immediately begin intensive deliberations on four long-standing major bills and the confirmation hearing for the new Supreme Court Associate Justice-designate, Senator Joseph N. Nagbe.

On the eve of the Independence break, Senate President Pro-Tempore Albert Chie told the Legislative Press  that senators were expected to use the period to take some of the crucial bills such as Land Rights to their respective constituents for their final input before plenary’s decision.

The bills are the Land Rights Bill, the Local Government Bill, proposed Amendment to the Constitution, and the proposed Amendment to the Alien and Nationality Law, commonly known as Dual Citizenship Bill.

According to Senate President Pro-Tempore Chie, the Senate intends to pass those bills before their annual recess at the end of August, 2018.

Additionally, he said determination will be made on two other bills that are with the Senate — the Domestic Violence Bill and the Rape Law; “those two bills will be looked at as well.”

Meanwhile, according to an authoritative source within the Senate’s wing of the Capitol Building, the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights, Claims and Petitions, is expected to conduct confirmation hearing for Supreme Court Associate Justice-designate Joseph N. Nagbe, who is also a sitting senator for Sinoe County. Sen. Nagbe is the current co-chair to that committee, which is chaired by Grand Cape Mount County Senator Varney

President George Weah nominated Sen. Nagbe, a lawyer by profession, last week to fill the vacant seat created on the Supreme Court Bench by the retirement of Associate Justice Philip A. Z. Banks, after reaching the Constitutional retirement age of 70 years.

The appointment of Sen. Nagbe, whose seat will be up for grabs in the 2020 Senatorial elections, comes on the heels of two Senatorial by-elections to fill in the vacant seats created by the elections of President Weah for Montserrado and Vice President Jewel Howard-Taylor for Bong County.

The expected confirmation of Sen. Nagbe places authorities of the National Elections Commission (NEC) on notice for two more by-elections.


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