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In the Council of Representatives’ Session: • Approval of the amendment of some provisions of the Child Act • Approve the issuance of the Law on the Care and Protection of Persons with Disabilities • Praising the role of Saudi Arabia and its initiative to support Jordan in the face of its economic crisis • Supporting and backing the efforts of the Arab Coalition to restore legitimacy in Yemen and the liberation of Al-Hodeidah airport

1 July 2018

His Excellency Mr. Ahmed bin Ibrahim Al-Mulla, the Speaker of the Council of Representatives, presided over the 37th session of the Council of Representatives. At the beginning of the session, the Council reviewed the letter from the Council of Ministers concerning a draft bill amending certain provisions of the Penal Code promulgated by Legislative Decree No. (15) Of 1976, accompanying Decree No. (38) of 2018, the Council voted to approve the referral of the draft to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defense and National Security.

The Council then proceeded to discuss a draft bill amending some provisions of the Municipalities Law promulgated by Legislative Decree No. (35) of 2001 and a draft bill amending Article (20) of the Municipalities Law promulgated by Legislative Decree No. (35) of 2001, and its amendments which was discussed as a matter of urgency and referred to the Shura Council.

The Council also discussed a draft bill amending some provisions of the Children’s Law promulgated by Law No. (37) of 2012 and a draft bill amending certain provisions of the Children’s Law promulgated by Law No. (37) of 2012 in which it decided to approve the draft bill and the amendments thereto and was referred to the Shura Council.

On the other hand, the Council discussed the amended proposed bill of the issuance the law on the care and protection of persons with disabilities. The Council decided to approve the bill and submit it to the government.

The Council then moved to discuss the amended proposed bill to amend article 36 (a) of Law No. (19) of 2006 regarding the regulation of the labor market. The Council decided to reject the recommendation of the committee and approve the proposal and submit it to the government.

On the same subject, the Council also discussed the proposal to amend some provisions of Law No. (57) of 2006 regarding the establishment of the Labor Fund, and decided to reject the recommendation of the Committee and to approve the draft bill and submit it to the Government.

The Council then proceeded to discuss the amended proposed bill to amend certain provisions of Decree Law No. (25) of 1998 concerning special educational and training institutions and the proposed bill (as amended) to amend some provisions of Decree Law No. (25) of 1998 concerning private educational and training institutions. The Council decided to approve the Committee’s recommendation to reject the first bill and to approve the second bill and to refer it to the government.

In the same context, the Council discussed the proposal to establish a student support fund for grants and scholarships, and decided to approve the committee’s recommendation to reject the proposed bill.

In regards to other items, the Council approved a request to issue a statement praising the role of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its initiative in supporting the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in the face of its economic crisis by calling for a quadripartite summit in Makkah, held on Sunday, 10/6/2018, The Council also approved a request for a statement of support for the efforts of the Arab Coalition to restore legitimacy in Yemen and the liberation of the Hodeidah airport.

On the other hand, the Council reviewed the proposal of the (urgent) request by the Government to issue a resolution regulating the granting of two hours of care for citizens with disabled children and disabled children of a Bahraini woman married to a foreigner, and had decided to approve the proposal (in an urgent manner) and to refer it to the government, The Council decided to postpone the discussion of the proposal (in an urgent manner) to build the two land plots in the northern governorate allocated for the construction of two secondary schools for one week at the request of the Government.

The Council also decided to postpone the discussion of a proposal (in a matter of urgency) to grant a one-time reduction in municipal fees to each citizen for one week at the request of the Government.

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