New bills introduced to Parliament
Six new bills have been introduced to Parliament.
The Crown Minerals Amendment Bill was introduced by Energy and Resources Minister Megan Wood. The stated policy objective of the bill is to maintain the effectiveness and efficiency of the permitting regime established by the Act.
The bill provides that minerals programmes are not legislative instruments for the purposes of the Legislation Act 2012 and will continue to not be drafted by the Parliamentary Counsel Office. Among other measures it allows delegation of the Minister's powers in relation to licences granted under the Mining Act 1971, changes the permit classification for authorisation of geophysical surveys on adjacent land, and clarifies which Ministers enter into access arrangements in respect of Crown land and land in the common marine and coastal area.
The bill will come into force on the day after the date of the Royal Assent. A disclosure statement was prepared by MBIE.
The Local Government (Community Well-being) Amendment Bill was introduced by Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta. The bill has three main objectives: To restore the purpose of local government to be "to promote the social, economic, environmental, and cultural well-being of communities"; to restore territorial authorities' power to collect development contributions for any public amenities needed as a consequence of development; and to make a modification to the development contributions power so that it is clear that advances of financial assistance from the New Zealand Transport Agency that are recoverable do not affect the power of territorial authorities to collect development contributions for projects which are financed using that mechanism.
The Local Electoral Matters Bill was introduced by Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta. The omnibus bill amends the Local Electoral Act 2001 and the Electoral Act 1993. The single broad policy of the bill is to provide greater flexibility to enable local electoral arrangements to adapt to changing circumstances.
It does this by amending the Local Electoral Act to support the conduct of trials of novel voting methods, amending the Electoral Act to enable the design of future voting methods to utilise date of birth information, and by amending the Electoral Act to ensure that analysis of voter participation in local elections (including trials) can utilise age group information.
The Patents (Advancement Patents) Amendment Bill was introduced by National MP Parmjeet Parmar. The bill seeks to enhance New Zealand's innovative performance by providing intellectual property protection rights to advancements that are novel, useful and non-obvious that may or may not qualify as an invention for the standard patent.
The Companies (Clarification of Dividend Rules in Companies) Amendment Bill was introduced by National MP Todd Muller. The bill amends the Companies Act 1993 to give clarification of dividend rules outlined in sections 36 and 53, where there is currently doubt about the ability of a company constitution to provide for "dry shares".
The KiwiSaver (Foster Parents Opting in for Children in their Care) Amendment Bill was introduced by National MP Hamish Walker. The bill would make it possible for any foster parent (or kin carer) to approach a KiwiSaver provider to open an account for a foster child in their care.
Last updated on the 16th September 2019