Thursday, 4 November 2021
Land and Conveyancing Law Reform Bill 2021: Motion
That, notwithstanding anything in Standing Orders, or the Order of the Seanad of 21st September, 2021, initiation of the Land and Conveyancing Law Reform Bill 2021 may proceed pursuant to Standing Order 145, notwithstanding that pre-legislative consideration of the Bill pursuant to Standing Order 143 has not been waived.”
I do not object to the speedy moving of the Land and Conveyancing Reform Bill as I have called for the legislation for a year. It is important that we act before 30 November but I am not sure technically if it is necessary in the Seanad because we do not normally have the practice of pre-legislative scrutiny in terms of legislation coming to the Seanad. I do not want us to set a precedent.
We may need to address the matter at the Committee on Parliamentary Privileges and Oversight level because I am concerned that, even in the Dáil, normally it comes in after Second Stage rather than before Second Stage of legislation.