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States of Guernsey February 2010 meeting round-up

Waste may have been the issue that received the most attention this month, but there was plenty up for discussion in the February States meeting.

The historic meeting saw the States sit "in camera" or behind closed doors to discuss contractual issues related to the waste debate.

It was announced that some attendance payments for people with learning disabilities would be reintroduced.

The vote of no confidence in the Public Accounts Committee was defeated.

Changes were agreed to make managing Guernsey's electoral roll easier in the future.

Proposals by the States Assembly and Constitution Committee were approved by Deputies without any opposition.

States members agreed to strengthen anti-money laundering measures in Guernsey.

It followed a review that identified a number of weaknesses in the island's laws and it was hoped the changes would ensure the island does not fall foul of a major review due to be carried out by the International Monetary Fund.

Changes to release dates
Billets d'État - Five weeks prior to meeting
Annual Accounts - Three weeks prior
Elections - Two weeks prior
Requetes and report - 11 weeks prior

The frequency of States meetings also came up for discussion and whilst a move to fortnightly meetings was defeated changes to when reports and agendas were released was agreed.

Deputies voted in Peter Mills as a non-political member of the Commerce and Employment Department.

Niall McCathie was elected to the post of Jurat by the States of Election.

McCathie secured more votes than Peter Neville to replace the position vacated by the retirement of Derek Le Page.

The States of Election differs from the island's main government body, the States of Deliberation, as the jurats, rectors and douzaine representatives vote alongside the people's deputies.




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