New Zealand Law Society

Navigation menu

Parliamentary bills introduced and passed, 19 to 21 November 2013

Bills introduced and bills given a third reading during the period were as follows (note that Parliament took urgency and most of the activity was officially on 19 November, but actually occurred on 20 and 21 November):

Bills Introduced

Land Transport Amendment Bill, on 19 November 2013. To establish an infringement regime for breath alcohol offences in the range of 251 to 400 mcg per litre of breath (51 to 80 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood. Introduces rebuttable presumption for blood tests where blood specimen cannot be obtained. Amends sections 74 and 77 of the Land Transport Act 1998. Introduced by Hon Gerry Brownlee. Departmental disclosure statement. Regulatory impact statement. Report of Attorney-General under New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990

Appropriation (2012/13 Financial Review) Bill, on 19 November 2013. To validate unappopriated expenditure not otherwise authorised by the Public Finance Act 1989. Introduced by Hon Bill English.

Bills given a third reading

Social Housing Reform (Housing Restructuring and Tenancy Matters Amendment) Bill, on 19 November 2013 (urgency). Introduced on 16 May 2013 by Hon Dr Nick Smith. To amend the Housing Restructing and Tenancy Matters Act 1992 by providing a framework for the provision of social housing. Increases the number and diversity of social housing providers and increases the housing choice available to tenants and prospective tenants. Sections 56(2), 101 and 135 come into force on the earlier of a date appointed by Order in Council or 14 April 2016. The remainder of the Act comes into force on the day after the date on which it receives the Royal Assent.

Game Animal Council Bill, on 19 November 2013 (urgency). Introduced on 18 October 2011 by Hon Dr Nick Smith. Establishes the Game Animal Council to improve management of chamois, deer, tahr, and wild pig, including opportunities to hunt them. Comes into force on the day after the date on which it receives the Royal Assent. Ministerial press statement.

Māori Television Service (Te Aratuku Whakaata Irirangi Māori) Amendment Bill, on 19 November 2013 (urgency). Introduced on 9 August 2012 by Hon Dr Pita Sharples. Amends Maori Television Service (Te Aratuku Whakaata Irirangi Maori) Act 2003 following a review of its operation and effectiveness. Comes into force on 3 December 2013. 

Building Amendment Bill (No 4), on 19 November 2013 (urgency). Amends the Building Act 2004 by introducing more consumer protection measures, clarifying the exemptions from building consent requirements in Schedule 1 of the Act and increasing the maximum penalty for doing building work without a consent. Gives powers to territorial authories to deal with "non-dangerous" buildings at risk near dangerous buildings, makes changes to "classifiable" and "referable" dams. Sections 4(3), 15B, 44-49, 55 and 56(3) come into force on a date to be appointed by Order in Council. The remainder of the Act comes into force on the day after the date on which it receives the Royal Assent. Ministerial press statement.

Financial Reporting Bill, on 19 November 2013 (urgency). Introduced on 31 July 2012 by Hon Craig Foss. Divided at committee stage (SOP). Replaces the Financial Reporting Act 1993. Rationalises financial reporting obligations. Comes into force on date appointed by Order in Council or on 1 April 2017, with section 59 coming into force on the day after the date on which the Act receives the Royal Assent. Ministerial press statement.

Financial Reporting (Amendments to Other Enactments) Bill, on 19 November 2013 (urgency). Introduced on 31 July 2013 by Hon Craig Foss. Divided at committee stage (SOP), with Part 4 and Schedules 1 to 3 becoming this Bill. Amends about 80 Acts following passage of Financial Reporting Act 2013. Comes into force on date appointed by Order in Council or on 1 April 2017.

Reserve Bank of New Zealand (Covered Bonds) Amendment Bill, on 19 November 2013 (urgency). Introduced on 10 May 2012 by Hon Bill English. Aims to improve the ability of New Zealand banks to access the international market for covered bonds. Amends the Reserve Bank of New Zealand Act 1989 to establish a registration scheme for covered bond programmes. Comes into force on the day after the date on which it receives the Royal Assent. 

Non-bank Deposit Takers Bill, on 19 November 2013 (urgency). Introduced on 3 August 2011 by Hon Bill English. To implement the final components of a new regulatory regime for non-bank deposit takers. Comes into force on the earlier of a date appointed by Order in Council and 1 October 2017, except for section 90(1A) and (3) which come into force one year after the date on which section 10 comes into force.

Statutes Amendment Bill, on 19 November 2013 (urgency). Introduced on 27 November 2012 by Hon Chester Borrows. Divided into 35 bills at third reading (SOP). Minor, technical and non-controversial amendments to legislation.

Unit Titles Amendment Bill, on 19 November 2013 (urgency). Introduced on 27 November 2012 by Hon Chester Borrows as part of the Statutes Amendment Bill but separated by select committee due to the relatively large number of amendments. Amends Unit Titles 2010. Comes into force on the day after the date on which it receives the Royal Assent. Ministerial press release.

Medicines Amendment Bill, on 19 November 2013 (urgency). Introduced on 13 October 2011 by Hon Todd McClay. Amends the Medicines Act 1981 to address some problems in advance of a comprehensive overhaul of medicines legislation. Sections 5(2), 8, 11-15, 17-20, 28(1), 31, 32(1) and 33 come into force on the earlier of a date appointed by Order in Council or 1 July 2017. The remainder of the Act comes into force on the earlier of a date appointed by Order in Council or 1 July 2014.

 

 

 

Email:

Last updated on the 22nd November 2013