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A sunset clause of three years makes sense

Saturday, March 3, 2018

The public has been made to understand that there is general agreement by both the Government side and the Opposition that the Anti-Gang Bill, as drafted, is desirable in the fight against crime.

We have also been made to believe that the major sticking point in having this piece of legislation on the Statute Book hinges on the wish by the Opposition for a sunset clause of (I believe ) 18 months.

On the other hand, the Government opposes totally the inclusion of a sunset clause in the Bill.

I am of the view that, given the existence of “Trinidad time”, a period of 18 months will not allow for a meaningful determination of the effectiveness of the proposed legislation. On the other hand, a period of five years, say, could be too long as it could engender a certain degree of tardiness in implementing the provisions of the Bill.

Let us try three years.



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