Liberian Legislature Passes 2015 Electricity Act Into Law

The House of Representatives on Thursday concurred with the Liberian Senate to pass an Act amending Chapter 85 of the 1973 Public Authority Law creating the Liberia Electricity Corporation to establish the 2015 Electricity Law of Liberia.

29 Lawmakers voted in favor of the concurrence, one against and no abstention following the reading of a report the House’s Joint Committee on Lands, Mines, Energy and Natural Resources and Judiciary submitted to Plenary on the matter.

The Legislation which was turned over to the Committee on September 22, 2015 for review and subsequent advice, was passed by the Upper House on September 17, 2015, and sent to the Lower House for timely concurrence.

In the report, the Joint Committee indicated that in the spirit of coordination it worked very closely with its counterparts in the

Liberian Senate in a vigorous exercise to scrutinize the bill.

The Committee also said the “2015 Electricity Bill” was subjected to public hearings and subsequent committee room analyses as well as deliberations to evaluate opinions and suggestions gathered from the public hearings conducted.

“As a consequence of our joint effort in considering this bill, the Joint Committee of the House of Representatives do recommend full concurrence with the report and recommendations by the Liberian Senate”, the report concluded.

The Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives, Mildred Sayon, was mandated by Deputy Speaker Hans Barchue who presided over the 7th Day Sitting of the Extraordinary Session of the House, to communicate the concurrence vote to the Liberian Senate.

It can be recalled that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf last month requested the National Legislature to postpone its annual recess break that should have started early this month in accordance with the

Liberian Constitution by six weeks to allow the passage of series of key bills including the Liberia National Police and Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization Acts.

The President will have to sign the bill following which it will be printed into hand bills before it becomes law.

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