Bill 68 Amended and Ordered for Third Reading

The Standing Committee on Social Policy completed its review of Bill 68 this week, and ordered it for third reading with a number of amendments. Notably the committee removed the provision in Bill 68 that would allow integrity commissioners to conduct investigations on their own initiative. This change was recommended by AMCTO in our submission on Bill 68 and strongly supported by our members:

IC Recommendation.jpg

Some of the other amendments made by the committee include:

  • Requiring municipalities to indemnify their integrity commissioners (ICs)
  • Not allowing councillors or members of local boards to participate electronically in meetings if they are closed to the public
  • Requiring that an integrity commissioner investigation not completed by election day be terminated, and not allowing new investigations to be launched during this period
  • Changing the provision that would allow for “any person” to be able to request an inquiry under the MCIA, to any “elector, as defined in section 1 of the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act, or person demonstrably acting in the public good.”
  • Requiring that applications for integrity commissioner investigations of alleged breaches of the MCIA may only be made within six weeks of the applicant becoming aware of the alleged contravention
  • Imposing several limitations to the replacement of a member of upper-tier council, including
    • Not appointing more than one alternate member during the term of council (however, if the seat of the member who has been appointed as an alternate becomes vacant, the council can appoint a different member to serve as the alternate)
    • Not appointing an alternate member to act in place of an alternate member appointed under subsection 267
    • Not appointing an alternate head of council of the upper-tier municipality
  • Extending the new requirement for municipalities to adopt and maintain a policy for pregnancy and parental leaves to school boards and their members

For more:

Bill 68, as Amended by Committee 

Government Releases Changes to Municipal Legislation 

Annotated Versions of MA and MCIA, as Amended by Bill 68 (before committee review) 

AMCTO Releases Submission on Bill 68

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s