(as introduced)

3rd Session, 61st General Assembly
Nova Scotia
60 Elizabeth II, 2011

Private Member's Bill

Legislative Internship Act

Diana Whalen
Halifax Clayton Park

First Reading: April 28, 2011

Second Reading:

Third Reading:

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An Act Respecting the Creation
of a Legislative Internship Program

Be it enacted by the Governor and Assembly as follows:

1 This Act may be cited as the Legislative Internship Act.

2 In this Act,

(a) "intern" means an individual who satisfies the prescribed criteria for selection to an internship and who is selected as an intern in the prescribed manner;

(b) "Program" means the Legislative Internship Program established pursuant to Section 3.

3 Subject to Section 6, the House of Assembly shall, before December 31, 2011, establish a Legislative Internship Program.

4 The purpose of the Program is to provide interns with an opportunity to gain practical experience in the day-to-day work of the House of Assembly and a comprehensive knowledge of the legislative process in the Province.

5 The House of Assembly, or a committee, officer or employee of the House of Assembly designated by the House of Assembly for the purpose of this Section, may

(a) prescribe criteria for the selection of interns;

(b) prescribe the manner of selection of interns;

(c) prescribe terms and conditions of internships;

(d) prescribe the duties and responsibilities of interns;

(e) where the House of Assembly considers it necessary, establish standards, requirements, guidelines or policies respecting the Program;

(f) prescribe terms and conditions for the receipt of internship services by members of the House of Assembly;

(g) subject to Section 6, establish funding criteria for the provision of internship services;

(h) prescribe anything that the House of Assembly considers necessary or advisable to carry out effectively the intent and purpose of this Act.

6 The moneys required for the purpose of this Act must be paid out of moneys appropriated for that purpose by the Legislature.

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