Government establishes Gazette, begins legislation reviewPOSTED: 11/25/10 11:33 PM
St. Maarten – The Council of Ministers has approved the set up of a Gazette in which it will publish Resolutions, Ordinances and Ministerial Decrees. The set up is part of the Publication Regulation, which also states that decrees will be numbered in sequence. This is the same model that was used by the Government of the Netherlands Antilles. A rough example of the system is that a sheet would be numbered Publication Sheet 2011 – no. 1.
The approval of these items falls under the establishment of execution regulations, which dictates the country’s processes. Those regulations cover both government and the “high councils of state” like the Council of Advice, the Ombudsman and the General Auditing Chamber. Government is currently busy searching for staff, who will be guided by execution regulations for those bodies and uses the regulations to guide the existing civil service corps.
In order to hire the staff for the high councils of state government must identify the budget and have Parliament approve it. Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams said Wednesday that the budget for these hirings is part of the urgent Budget Amendment for 2010.
As government moves forward and “get’s there slowly but surely” they have also begun the process for civil servants in each of the seven ministries to prioritize legislation that was taken over from the now defunct Netherlands Antilles that needs to be reviewed. These laws are already in effect and can be reviewed at the country’s discretion. Draft laws that were in the process of being created by the now defunct government of the Netherlands Antilles are also to be reviewed and placed on the priority list.