Today, March 27, 2017, the Senate assembled in the Chamber of the National Assembly Building , Belmopan, for a Special Sitting that was called to order at 10:00 A.M. At today’s meeting, all 13 Senators were present. Each Senator had the opportunity of sharing their views and opinions on the General Revenue Appropriation (2017/2018) Bill, 2017.

After the Senators had debated the General Revenue Appropriation (2017/2018) Bill, 2017; a division was called by Senator Eamon Courtenay and the result was that 7 Senators voted in favour and 6 Senators voted against. A division was also called on the Protected Areas Conservation Trust (Amendment) Bill, 2017, by Senator Osmany Salas resulting in 6 Senators from the Government side being in favour and the other 7 voted against it. Therefore the Protected Areas Conservation Trust (Amendment) Bill, 2017, was not approved by the Senate.

At the end, 5 Motions and 11 Bills were passed. They are:


  1. Sale of Government Shares in Belize Electricity Limited Motion, 2017;
  2. Government of Belize – Amendment to Terms and Conditions of the GOB U.S. Dollar Bonds due 2038 Motion, 2017;
  3. Fiscal Policy, Budget Proposals and Fiscal Strategy Statement and Reports Motion, 2017;
  4. Official Charities Fund Motion, 2017; and
  5. Establishment of the National Assembly Staff Committee Motion, 2017.


  1. General Revenue Appropriation (2017/2018) Bill, 2017;
  2. Central Bank of Belize (Amendment) Bill, 2017;
  3. Customs and Excise Duties (Amendment) Bill, 2017.
  4. Stamp Duties (Amendment) Bill, 2017.
  5. General Sales Tax (Amendment) Bill, 2017.
  6. Environmental Tax (Amendment) Bill, 2017.
  7. Statutory Bodies (Development Contribution) Bill, 2017.
  8. Criminal Code (Amendment) Bill, 2017;
  9. Evidence (Amendment) Bill, 2017;
  10. Indictable procedure (Amendment) Bill, 2017; and
  11. Parole Bill, 2017.

The Special Sitting was adjourned at 9:25P.M.