FREDERICTON (GNB) – New Brunswickers are being invited to comment on two proposals introduced in the legislative assembly during the spring session.

The standing committee on law amendments, an all-party committee of the legislative assembly, is reviewing Bill 39, An Act Respecting Proof of Immunization; and Motion 31, which relates to the assessment and taxation of heavy industry.

The purpose of Bill 39 is to remove non-medical exemptions from the mandatory immunization requirements for public school and licensed early learning and child care admissions. The bill requires students attending public schools and children in licensed early learning and child care facilities to provide either proof of immunization or a medical exemption on a form signed by a medical professional.

“We feel as a committee that it is important to consult with all New Brunswickers who may be affected by this proposed legislation, including anyone in the teaching and child care professions or parent groups and associations, as well as medical and legal professionals,” said Justice Minister and Attorney General Andrea Anderson-Mason, who chairs the committee.

The second proposal under review, Motion 31, requires the committee to consult with experts and stakeholders and report back to the legislature with recommendations on whether to reduce or eliminate any property assessment or property taxation exemptions or benefits that apply to heavy industry.

“I encourage representatives of heavy industry and municipalities, taxation experts and other stakeholders in our province to provide us with input on the current taxation and assessment system as it relates to heavy industry,” said Anderson-Mason.

Public hearings on Bill 39 will take place Aug. 27-29 at the legislative assembly. Public hearings on Motion 31 will be held at the same location Sept. 4-6.

Individuals or organizations wishing to make a presentation to the committee on either proposal should notify the Office of the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly by Wednesday, Aug. 7.

Those who are unable to make a presentation and prefer to submit a written brief on either proposal should do so by Friday, Sept. 6, by contacting:

Office of the Clerk, Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick, P.O. Box 6000, Fredericton, N.B., E3B 5H1; 506-453-2506; or leg-consultations@gnb.ca.

Copies of Bill 39 and Motion 31 are available online.