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MLA’s debate legislation aimed at helping Albertans during COVID-19

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April 1, 2020 at 10:59 am - Home, Local News
By Erika Chorostil

A handful of Alberta MLA’s took seats in the Legislature on Tuesday to debate key pieces of legislation in ongoing efforts to protect Albertans during the COVID-19 crisis.

The government is proposing three key pieces of legislation. Two of the bills, if passed, will bring into force the public health enforcement activities and rental protections announced by Premier Jason Kenney on March 27.

The first bill is Bill 10 the Public Health Amendment Act, which would give law enforcement agencies the full authority to enforce public health orders during a pandemic.

The second bill is Bill 11, the Tenancies Statutes Amendment Act which ensures no one will be retroactively charged for residential rent increases or late fees while the state of public health emergency is in effect.

The province is also proposing Bill 12, the Liabilities Management Statutes Amendment Act, which would enable government to clarify and enable expanded, delegated authority for the Orphan Well Association to maintain and manage orphan sites.

This would create conditions to help the province’s oil and gas industries rebound once the pandemic is over.

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