Billet Blog: 29 November 2017

After a quiet spell in the middle of the year, the States’ agendas for November through to January are much heavier, with the Budget just gone and important topics from the future of health and social care, to the shape of secondary and post-16 education, coming up soon. This meeting, the second one in November, will include lively debates on the future of Overseas Aid and the Population Management regime, as well as the election of another Jurat. The regular President’s update statement will be from the Committee for Environment & Infrastructure.

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Billet Blog: 18 October 2017

The agenda for the States Meeting on Wednesday 18 October is light even by the standards of the past year, and it is likely to be a very brief States Meeting, unless it is brightened up by a lively period of statements and questions at the start of the debate – which is certainly possible, as the President’s Statement this time will be from the Committee for Education, Sport & Culture.

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Billet Blog: 27 September 2017

The States Meeting starting on Wednesday 27 September is likely to be a fairly lively debate, particularly on the issues of College funding and the wall at L’Ancresse. In June, the States agreed that the Presidents of different Committees should take turns giving a general update at the start of each States Meeting: this time, it’s the turn of the President of the Committee for Economic Development, Deputy Peter Ferbrache, and the President of the Development and Planning Authority, Deputy John Gollop. This will provide an opportunity for questions and answers relating to any part of these Committees’ mandates, before we get stuck into the main agenda.

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Billet Blog: 6 September 2017

The States last met on Friday 30 June (although Committee meetings and parish work have continued throughout the summer). We reconvene on Wednesday 6 September, kicking off the second year of the 2016-2020 States’ term. The agenda for the first meeting is light, but a fairly wide range of policy papers have been lodged over the summer – including the headline-grabbing proposals on the funding of the private Colleges, and the future of the wall at L’Ancresse East – so future meetings will certainly be busier and more engaging.

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Billet Blog: 7 June 2017

There are three States Meetings taking place in June, with the first on Wednesday 7 June. The later meetings are meatier, with the annual Accounts and a debate on Island-Wide Voting taking place in the 20 June Meeting and the next phase of the Policy and Resources Plan, including a medium-term financial plan, in the 27 June Meeting. This update focuses on the agenda for 7 June:

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Billet Blog: 26 April 2017

There are only a handful of items on the agenda for the April States Meeting, most of which are legislation for approval.

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Billet Blog: 29 March 2017

The main issue for the March States Meeting is likely to be the decision on whether or not to commence the Population Management law, with challenges to the new regime having started to emerge over the past few weeks. It will be a lively debate, with strong feelings on all sides, and will be a challenge for the new States as it comes to grips with a complex regime that was designed by previous Assemblies.

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Protest and Celebration

Last night, islanders met in the Sunken Gardens to protest the policies of US President Donald Trump, and to celebrate the values of diversity and tolerance which he seems to threaten. The protest began with a group of concerned citizens who wanted to stand in solidarity with similar protests the world over, and I was glad and proud to be part of helping to get it off the ground. I think protest and dissent are vital to a healthy democracy, and would only like to see more of it in Guernsey – whether people engage with local issues or international ones. I gave a short address last night which explains why I feel that way, and I have copied it below for those who may be interested.

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Billet Blog: 15 February 2017

I’m sorry not to have blogged for the first couple of States Meetings this year. Finally back in the habit for the second February meeting, which will take place on 15 February. This one continues a pattern of relatively light agendas (which will probably suddenly get much heavier in late April or May, and certainly by June), with the Implementation of the Solid Waste Strategy likely to be the most substantial debate of the meeting. The published business is as follows:

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Billet Blog: 14 December 2016

5 afterthoughts on the Referendum… The votes are in and Option A – a single, island-wide election for... Read more → 5 thoughts on the Referendum … With five days to go until Guernsey's first referendum, here are five reflections... Read more → Billet Blog: 24 OctoberRead more
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