first_img The government also supported legislation from both oppositionparties to establish new rules on child booster seats,discourage alcohol consumption during pregnancy, enhancesafety measures at amusement parks and provide legislativecommittees with the power to subpoena federal officials aswitnesses. “Nova Scotians elected us to work together for a betterprovince,” said Premier Hamm. “It’s clear that as long as weco-operate, we can deliver good government to the people ofNova Scotia. Three consecutive sittings of the legislaturewithout an election being forced is a new, modern-day recordand shows that minority government can work.” The premier also praised the service of interim Liberal leaderWayne Gaudet who has served as party leader for the secondtime until a permanent successor is chosen this weekend. legislation setting the formula to determine the municipal taxation of natural gas distribution systems, based on revenues rather than property assessment; amendments to the Agriculture Administration Act to help reduce red tape and provide more flexibility for agriculture organizations; amendments to the Electricity Act to increase the availability of renewable energy sources; amendments to the House of Assembly Act to cancel this year’s commission of inquiry into remuneration for members of the legislative assembly and, instead, order a salary increase for members on par with Nova Scotia’s civil service. Legislation passed this fall will help improve the health andsafety of Nova Scotians, as well as government services. The House of Assembly concluded today, Oct. 18, after passing17 government bills and six opposition bills into law, thanksto co-operative efforts from all parties. “There are no guarantees with minority government, but cooperation from all sides helped ensure that positive newinitiatives for Nova Scotians were approved by thelegislature,” said Premier John Hamm. “Last month, I said wewould bring in 12 government bills. By working together withall members of the legislative assembly, our governmentexceeded that goal and delivered a higher number of new lawsthat will help the people of Nova Scotia. We also worked withall parties to pass good legislation that came forward fromthe opposition.” A new Prescription Monitoring Act was passed to allow theprescription monitoring program to share patient informationwith health-care providers and, when necessary, the police. Italso enshrines a clear legislative mandate for the program forthe first time in more than a decade. The act also providesgovernment with the authority to establish a computerizedinformation system to enhance the program’s effectiveness. “This bill gives Nova Scotia a prescription monitoring programfor the 21st century, supporting the good work of countlesshealth-care professionals,” said the premier. Legislation was also passed to strengthen the Motor VehicleAct, to improve highway safety and promote public transit.Meanwhile, a new Police Act was approved to deliver saferstreets and communities through better community governanceand clarified roles and responsibilities. Amendments to theMaintenance Enforcement Act will provide more tools to helpspouses and children who are owed support payments. “When measures are identified to protect the public or helpchildren and families, our government is prepared to act,”added Premier Hamm. For the first time in Nova Scotia history, a bill was passedto deliver French-language services at the provincial level. “On the 400th anniversary of the founding of l’Acadie andafter the very successful Congrès mondial acadien 2004, it wasa pleasure to bring forward the French-language Services Act,”the premier said. “This bill sets the stage for our Acadianand Francophone communities to have their needs addressed ingovernment programs, policies and services.” The premier noted that he was equally proud to havelegislation passed which formally establishes the Office ofAfrican Nova Scotian Affairs. Among the other government bills passed into law this fall are:last_img read more