BILL NO. 234
2nd Session, 63rd General Assembly
69 Elizabeth II, 2020
House of Assembly Act
The Honourable Mark Furey
Attorney General and Minister of Justice
First Reading: February 27, 2020
Second Reading: March 3, 2020
Third Reading: March 9, 2020 (LINK TO BILL AS PASSED)
This Bill provides for the appointment and the remuneration of the Sergeant-at-Arms and sets out the authority of the Sergeant-at-Arms.
An Act to Amend Chapter 1
of the Revised Statutes, 1989,
the House of Assembly Act
1 Section 53 of Chapter 1 (1992 Supplement) of the Revised Statutes, 1989, the House of Assembly Act, is repealed and the following Sections substituted:
- 53 (1) The Speaker may appoint a person to be Sergeant-at-Arms who shall perform such duties as the House or the Speaker determines.
(a) "firearm" means a firearm or other weapon, including a prohibited firearm, a restricted firearm, a prohibited weapon or a restricted weapon within the meaning of the Criminal Code (Canada), that is currently approved for use in the Province by police officers;
(b) "precincts of the House" means Province House and its environs as defined by the public streets immediately adjacent to it and includes any other premises or areas used for meetings of committees of the House or, where so designated by the Speaker, used for another purpose of the House.
(a) has all the powers, authority, privileges, rights and immunities of a peace officer and constable under the common law, the Criminal Code (Canada) and any other federal or Provincial enactment; and
(b) with the approval of the House or the Speaker and subject to subsection (4), may possess and use firearms, subject to such conditions or restrictions as the House or the Speaker may determine and except as otherwise provided by law.
(4) The Sergeant-at-Arms must meet the same requirements, including training and certification, that police officers are required to have in order to be permitted to possess and use a firearm in the Province.
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