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Update from the Legislature - Apr 14

April 13, 2021

The legislature is in session and the government has indicated a desire to pass Bills 56 and 64 by the end of the week. Bill 56 is of particular interest to municipalities as it will formally implement the Budget 2021 commitment to amend the Local Government Fiscal Framework (LGFF) Act by deferring the commencement of the LGFF until fiscal year 2024-25 and reducing the LGFF’s starting baseline funding amount when the program launches.

In response to rising Covid-19 cases and a spike in the P1 (Brazil) variant, Alberta moved back to Stage 1 of its economic relaunch strategy, which included reintroducing restrictions on gyms, retail capacity, and indoor dining. In a strong show of dissent, 18 UCP MLAs have signalled their opposition to this move, including 16 who signed an open letter decrying the stricter measures as the wrong decision.

 

Spring 2021 Legislation Status (as of Tuesday, April 13) 

 

Leave to Introduce a Bill 

Bill 49 - Labour Mobility Act (Copping) 

Bill 67 - Skilled Trades and Apprenticeship Education Act (Nicolaides)

 

Second Reading 

Bill 51 - Citizen Initiative Act (Madu) 

Bill 52 - Recall Act (Madu) 

Bill 56 - Local Measures Statutes Amendment Act, 2021 (McIver)

Bill 57 - Metis Settlements Amendment Act, 2021 (Wilson)

Bill 58 - Freedom to Care Act (Aheer)

Bill 61 - Vital Statistics Amendment Act, 2021 (Glubish)

Bill 62 - Red Tape Reduction Implementation Act, 2021 (Hunter)

Bill 63 - Police (Street Checks and Carding) Amendment Act, 2021 (Madu)

Bill 64 - Public Lands Amendment Act, 2021 (Nixon)

Bill 65 - Health Statutes Amendment Act, 2021 (Shandro)

Bill 66 - Public Health Amendment Act, 2021 (Shandro)

 

Committee of the Whole 

Bill 55 - College of Alberta School Superintendents Act (LaGrange)

 

Third Reading

N/A

 

Awaiting Royal Assent

Bill 54 - Irrigation Districts Amendment Act, 2021 (Dreeshen) 

Bill 211 - Municipal Government (Firearms) Amendment Act, 2020 (Glasgo)

 

Received Royal Assent 

Bill 53 - Service Alberta Statutes (Virtual Meetings) Amendment Act, 2021 (Glubish)

Bill 59 - Appropriation (Supplementary Supply) Act, 2021 ($) (Toews)

Bill 60 - Appropriation Act, 2021 ($) (Toews)