Anti-Terror Bill, Con Ass Resolution among GMA’s top ten legislative priorities

May 21, 2006 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Malacanang and Congress, through the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council, have just released its top ten priority legislation before the 3rd regular session begins this July. The list is GMA’s survival pack, though some appears to be more crucial than the others. The passage of the Anti-Terror Bill, for instance, will help the President institutionalize certain draconian policies that the SC’s decision on 1017 nipped in the bud. The 2006 GAA offers a multi-million discretionary items for the President, a war chest for Cha Cha and to keep legislators and local officials under her patronage. The economic bills do not really target investments directly, but if most of them get enacted, they would help regain the confidence of creditors and hopefully allow the government get much-needed loans.

Curiously, though, the Con Ass Resolution listed below has already been replaced by a new resolution, HR 1230. The new version has restored term extension for elected officials, a provision that the minority bloc was able to insert when the Committee on Constitutional Amendments was deliberating on the first Con Ass resolution. The new version, too, has lifted the citizenship requirement for ownership in many areas, our natural resources, education, and media included. On Tuesday, May 23, 2006, we’ll see how the new resolution will fare.

The dark horse in the list is the bill on automated elections. The bill is being sidelined by other priorities, Cha-Cha in particular. We sure hope that the bill was not just included as a deodorizer of Malacanang’s legislative priorities.

Here’s the list:

1. General Appropriations Act of 2006

House of Representatives: HB 4710 (Committee Report 1410)
Status: Approved on 3rd Reading on April 4, 2006

Senate: HB 4710
Status: Pending in the Committee of the Whole

2. Anti-Terrorism Act

House of Representatives: HB 4839 (Committee Report 1154)
Status: Approved on 3rd Reading on April 4, 2006

Senate: SB 2137 (CR 34)
Status: for interpellation

3. Bio-Ethanol Act

House of Representatives: HB 4629 (CR 1002)
Status: Approved on 3rd Reading on November 11, 1005

Senate: SB 2226 (CR 55)
Status: For Sponsorship

4. Tax Relief for Low Income Earners / Simplified Net Income Taxation Scheme (SNITS)

House of Representatives: HB 5296 (CR 1581)
Status: Approved on 2nd Reading on April 5, 2006

Senate: SB Nos. 5, 74, 794, 1335, 1336, 1917 and 2210
Status: Pending in the Committee on Ways and Means

5. Rationalization of Fiscal Incentives

House of Representatives: HB 3295 (CR 98)
Status: Approved on 3rd Reading on January 18, 2005

Senate: SB Nos. 513, 1104, 798, 1328, 1332, & 1839
Status:Pending in the Committee on Ways & Means

6. BCDA / Ecozone Incentives (Amending BCDA Act to provide incentives for Clark and other Ecozones)

House of Representatives: Ecozone Amnesty (HB 4900) and Incentives for Ecozones (HB 5064)
Status: for 2nd Reading

Senate: SB Nos. 2010, 2098, and Joint Resolution No. 7
Status: Pending in the Committees

7. Anti-Smuggling Act

House of Representatives: HB 4069 (CR 614)
Status: Approved on 3rd Reading on June 7, 2005

Senate: SB Nos. 453, 455, 1058, 1969, 1976 and 2154
Status: Pending in the Committee on Ways and Means

8. Tourism Policy Act

House of Representatives: HB Nos. 298, 942, 1207, 1363, 2257, and 2625
Status: Pending in the Committee on Tourism

Senate: SB 2138 (CR 35)
Status: On 2nd Reading for Period of Interpellation

9. Automated Election System

House of Representatives: HB 5352 (CR 1604)
Status: for 2nd Reading

Senate: SB 2231 (CR 58)
Status: On 2nd Reading for Period of Amendments

10. Concurrent Resolution Convening Congress to Propose Constitutional Amendments / Revisions

House of Representatives: House Concurrent Res. 26
Status: Approved on 2nd Reading

Senate:

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