Legislature Rises After Fall Session

The government achieved constructive change and continued to make the tough choices that will lead to a better Nova Scotia, during the fall sitting of the legislature, which wrapped up today, Nov. 20.

Legislation was enacted to merge 10 district health authorities into two, which will lead to a strong, unified health-care system that focuses on front-line care and puts patients’ needs first.

Government also introduced a moratorium on high-volume hydraulic fracturing for onshore oil and gas shale development, brought in a bill with a tax incentive and rebate program that positions the private sector to lead and drive economic growth while increasing accountability, passed amendments that will outlaw the sale of e-cigarettes to minors and prohibit the use of e-cigarettes and waterpipes in indoor public places and changed the Graduated Driver’s Licence Program to help reduce injury risk for new drivers.

“This session was not without its challenges, but this is a government that is willing to face our province’s challenges head-on,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “The many positive changes that were accomplished during this session will result in long-term benefits for all Nova Scotians.”

Other highlights from the session included:
— amendments to make it an offence to abandon an animal
— a new Pooled Registered Pension Plan option for Nova Scotians to save for retirement
— amendments that will help more apprentices complete their training faster and more easily
— changes to the Railways Act to protect the rail link and future economic opportunities in Cape Breton and across the province
— streamlined support to improve service across all provincial government departments
— allowing nurse practitioners to prescribe monitored drugs to patients who need them
— approving regulations that officially provide U-Vints and U-Brews legal status

“We are meeting our commitments and will remain open and accountable,” said Premier McNeil. “I continue to encourage all Nova Scotians to work together to create a more prosperous province that offers people real opportunities to live, work and grow.”

For a complete list of the 27 bills passed this session, visit:
http://nslegislature.ca/index.php/proceedings/status-of-bills/ .

Source: Release

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