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Tobacco amendments up for joint sitting 

A decision will, most likely, be reached today
Jump to full article: Kuensel Online (bt), 2012-01-19
Author: Samten Wangchuk

Intro:

A joint committee comprising members from both the National Assembly and the National Council sat together yesterday to settle their differences on the tobacco control amendment bill.

The consensus they reach will be up for deliberation at the joint sitting today at the Parliament.

While that’s that, a few within the civil service like those among assembly members said they smelt a rat in the way the council members removed some of the most crucial provisions of the tobacco control law.

While that has had the assembly members scathing about it, the council’s legislative committee members, in particular, have come in for a flak.

“They either want to further soften the tobacco law beyond what the assembly members did or they’re looking for another bargain,” a senior civil servant said.

Council members, during their discussions of the bill on January 16, had refrained from discussing in detail, the penalties they removed from those the bill prescribed in varying degrees depending on the nature of offences, in this case, the amount of tobacco and its products a person brought into the country.

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