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Kosrae State to host 2012 legislative conference
PALIKIR, POHNPEI. August 29, 2012 – The Kosrae State Legislature will be hosting this year’s Micronesian Legislative Conference (MLC) from September 4 – 6 in Tofol. The Conference will review the state legislatures progress on the ‘Call For Action’ that was issued during last year’s MLC in Palikir.
During the 2011 MLC in November, the nation’s five law making bodies gathered in Palikir under the working theme “A Call For Action” and agreed through resolutions to take action on three issues highlighted at the conference that needed the ‘collective action’ of legislative bodies and those issues were:
On the issue of Human Trafficking, the MLC had adopted a resolution for the signatory legislatures to accept obligations “to properly address the issue of human trafficking and consider adopting a legal regime appropriate to their respective jurisdictions.”
The FSM Congress, during its Third Special Session earlier this year in March, passed Congressional Act 17-37 to define crimes relating to trafficking in persons and related offenses and prescribe appropriate penalties for their violation and other purposes, the Act became Public Law 17-38.
For the Tax Reform issue, the MLC had adopted a resolution calling on the signatory legislatures to “commit themselves to acting on the FSM tax reform plan, either positively or negatively and prior to April of 2012, to bring the years long tax reform initiative to a final conclusion.”
While the conference in the State of Kosrae will have other agenda items and issues of discussion, the main focus will be to follow up and review the progress of the state legislatures on issued that were called for action during the 2011 Micronesian Legislative Conference.
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