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By Chris Nomjov
The Senate passed a record 46 bills into law in a little under 10 minutes, just a day before the end of its four-year term. The bills were passed in Wednesday’s session, that lasted for five hours. Interestingly, in the past four years the National Assembly had managed to pass only about 106 bills.
All the bills were introduced by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Rules and Business, Senator Ita Enang.
But the passage of the bills in a very short time caused uproar among Senators even after the voice vote had been taken by the presiding officer and Senate President, David Mark where the “Ayes ” had their way.
The development generated an uneasy session, but Senate President, Senator David Mark, told those who were not satisfied with the passage of the bills to come up tomorrow being the next and final legislative day for the seventh Senate, with their names and signatures for consideration.
Before the bills were passed, the Senate had suspended Order 79 (1) of the Senate Standing Orders and deemed all the Bills as having passed first, second and third readings on the floor of the Senate and concur to same.