The Nova Scotia Legislature

The House resumed on:
September 21, 2017.

Bill No. 66

House of Assembly Act and House of Assembly Management Commission Act and Members' Retiring Allowances Act (amended)

An Act Respecting the 2014 MLA Remuneration Review Panel Report

Introduced by:
Honourable Michel P. Samson
Government House Leader

First Reading
Second Reading Debates
Second Reading Passed
Law Amendments Committee
    Meeting Date(s) November 3, 2014
    Reported to the House
Committee of the Whole House
Third Reading Debates
Third Reading
Royal Assent
Commencement November 20, 2014
2014 Statutes, Chapter 36

Explanatory Note

Clause 1 replaces the definition of “outside member” in the House of Assembly Act and adds a definition of “ordinarily resident” to that Act, as directed by the 2014 MLA Remuneration Review Panel Report.
Clause 2 provides that

(a) the application by an MLA to the Speaker for approval to obtain retirement counselling, career counselling or career retraining services may be made to the Speaker upon the MLA confirming in writing to the Speaker that he or she will not seek re-election in the next election; and

(b) all money received for such services must be immediately reimbursed if the MLA is re-elected,

as directed by the MLA Remuneration Review Panel Report.

Clause 3 permits MLAs who have ceased to be outside members, because of the change in the definition of outside member made by Clause 1, to claim accommodation expenses up to and including July 31, 2014, as recommended by the House of Assembly Management Commission .

Clause 4 amends the House of Assembly Management Commission Act to authorize the House of Assembly Management Commission to make regulations prescribing factors to be considered in determining where an MLA is ordinarily resident in order to determine if an MLA is an outside member and setting up an appeal process to resolve any dispute as to where an MLA is ordinarily resident, as directed by the MLA Remuneration Review Panel Report.

Clause 5 amends the Members’ Retiring Allowances Act to entitle an MLA to a retiring allowance after two years’ service in the House of Assembly, as directed by the MLA Remuneration Review Panel Report.

Clause 6 makes a change consequential to the change made by Clause 5.

Clauses 7 and 8 integrate the retiring allowances with the Canada Pension Plan, as directed by the MLA Remuneration Review Panel Report.