Introduced on July 28, a member’s Bill in the name of Chris Bishop. The Bill amends the Lawyers and Conveyancers Act to allow a lawyer who is an employee to do free legal work other than for the lawyer’s employer on conditions set by the Law Society.Lawyers and Conveyancers (Employed Lawyers Providing Free Legal Services) Amendment Bill
Introduced on Feb 5, 2021. The Bill remove all mechanisms for binding polls to be held on establishing Māori wards and constituencies, while retaining non-binding polls to gauge public sentiment. Also establishes a transition period ending on 21 May 2021 in which a local authority may, regardless of any previous decisions or previous polls, establish Māori wards or Māori constituencies for the 2022 local elections. First reading under Urgency on Feb 9, opposed by National and ACT and referred to the Māori Affairs Committee with submissions closing on Feb 11 and reported back by Feb 15. Local Electoral (Māori Wards and Māori Constituencies) Amendment Bill
Introduced on July 28, a member’s Bill in the name of Shane Reti. It proposes a new medicinal cannabis regulatory scheme to license domestic medicinal cannabis production, regulate health practitioner controlled gateway access, and facilitate pharmacist dispensing.
Misuse of Drugs (Medicinal Cannabis) Amendment Bill (No 2)
Introduced on Feb 14, an omnibus bill to update the regulatory system established by transport legislation. First reading on March 19 and sent to the Primary Production Committee with all parties in favour. Regulatory Systems (Transport) Amendment Bill
Introduced on Feb 16, 2021. The Bill sets up a new system of covid support payments for businesses hit by covid lockdowns of level 2 or over. As announced in Dec this includes includes a grant at a core per business rate of $1500 plus $400 per employee up to a total of 50 FTEs ($21,500) for firms experiencing a 30 percent drop in revenue. This is not tied to the payment of wages and firms with more than 50 FTEs can apply up to the maximum and is nationwide not tied to a region. However, it is capped at the amount of revenue lost. One change made since the Dec announcement is eligibility is over a 7 day period not 14. This will be calculated by comparing a seven-day period at alert level 2 or higher with the typical weekly revenue in the six weeks before the move from alert level 1. The Bill passed through all stages under Urgency and supported by all parties.
Taxation (COVID-19 Resurgence Support Payments and Other Matters) Bill
Members Bill in the name of Judith Collins drawn from the ballot on July 2. The Bill reforms the Unit Titles Act 2010 including amendments to the information disclosure regime to prospective buyers of units, strengthens body corporate governance arrangements to increase the professionalism and standards of body corporate managers, and to ensure that planning and funding of long-term maintenance projects is adequate.