Her Excellency the Governor, Helen Kilpatrick, has prorogued the LA from Wednesday, 25 May 2016, and convened the next State Opening for Monday, 30 May.
In accordance with the Cayman Islands Constitution, Proclamations 1 for the prorogation and 2 for the convening of the House were issued today (Tuesday, 24 May 2016) in Extraordinary Gazette No.39/2016.
The Governor prorogues (discontinues the session of the LA without dissolving it) and convenes the House annually in the Cayman Islands after consultation with the Premier, as also laid out in the Constitution.
Upon prorogation, the 2015-2016 session of the LA closes and the State Opening ushers in the 2016-2017 session. Each annual session of the House, generally, has at least four meetings, each of which has several daily sittings.
House business for the State Opening includes: the Throne Speech, which is delivered by the Governor on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen; the Government's Strategic Policy Statement (SPS) by the Premier, Hon. Alden McLaughlin, MBE, JP; and the annual Budget Address and Budget Bill by the Minister for Finance and Economic Development, Hon. Marco Archer, JP.
The Throne Speech mainly highlights the government's programmes and policies for the coming year, while the SPS provides a detailed review of ongoing policies that are translated into programmes and projects in the near, medium- and long-terms. Meanwhile, the Finance Minister provides a report card about the state of current finances and then proposes the revenues to be earned and expenditure for government in the coming year.
Following debate on all three documents, the House will move into Finance Committee to examine the budget proposals in greater detail over a number of sittings and vote on them. After that, the House reconvenes to pass the budget before the financial year runs out on 30 June 2016.
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