Four private members' bills introduced in Parliament
Four bills were introduced to Parliament on 1 February 2018.
The Psychoactive Substances (Increasing Penalty for Supply and Distribution) Amendment Bill is a private member's bill and was introduced by National MP Simeon Brown. The bill seeks to to amend the Psychoactive Substances Act 2013 to increase the penalty for selling or supplying psychoactive substances that are not approved products.
The stated intention of the bill is to increase the penalty associated with the supply of non-approved products in line with the penalties for the supply of Class C drugs under section 6(2)(c) of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975.
The Employment Relations (Triangular Employment) Amendment Bill is a private member's bill and was introduced by Labour MP Kieran McAnulty.
The bill aims to ensure that employees employed by one employer, but working under the control and direction of another business or organisation, are not deprived of the right to coverage of a collective agreement, and to ensure that such employees are not subject to a detriment in their right to allege a personal grievance.
The Crimes (Offence of Blasphemous Libel) Amendment Bill is a private member's bill and was introduced by Labour MP Angie Warren-Clark.
The bill would amend the Crimes Act 1961 to repeal section 123, removing the offence of blasphemous libel from the New Zealand statute book.
Last updated on the 7th February 2018