The four members’ bills selected are:
|53||Oaths and Declarations (Upholding the Treaty of Waitangi) Amendment Bill||Te Ururoa Flavell|
|43||Local Government (Public Libraries) Amendment Bill||Darien Fenton|
|39||Land Transport (Admissibility of Evidential Breath Tests) Amendment Bill||Scott Simpson|
|2||Care of Children Law Reform Bill||Jacinda Ardern|
Jacinda’s bill is a same sex adoption bill. Two major conscience issues in a week has almost killed me. The thought of another major campaign is enough to make moving to Palmie seem a good idea.
However while I am fully supportive of removing the legislative ban on same sex couples being able to adopt (note they can already adopt as individuals), I have blogged previously on the problems with this particular bill. I’m not sure it is a goer.
Complicating things also is that the marriage equality bill may lead to a de facto change in the adoption law anyway. One part of the Adoption Act refers merely to spouses, while another refers to husband and wife.