Real Estate Association of St. Maarten ejected from committee hearing

POSTED: 11/27/11 11:03 AM

GREAT BAY – The Real Estate Association of St. Maarten (RAM) plans to request its own hearing with parliament’s permanent committee on tourism, economic affairs, transportation and telecommunication on recommended adjustments to the rules regulating the industry. The request follows them being ejected from the committee’s meeting with the St. Maarten Real Estate Association, which had previously been billed as open to the public.
Jules James, who chairs the particular committee, told the RAM delegation he’d be asking them to leave ahead of the start of the meeting. James said his decision was based on subsection 3 of Article 21 of the Rules of Order which states, “A committee can decide to hold their meeting behind closed doors based on a proposal from one member or from a minister. If the proposal is made while a public meeting is ongoing, then the session is closed until a decision is made on the proposal.”
President of Parliament Gracita Arrindell also met the RAM delegation and explained the situation and at one point was heard telling them that the meeting should not have been labeled as public.
“That was wrong,” Arrindell said.
That statement raises questions on when the decision to have a closed can i buy valium in spain meeting was taken as subsection 1 of Article 21 of the Rules of Order which states, “Committee meetings are public; the parliament can decide that meetings of certain committees are held behind closed doors.”
The RAM delegation left when asked but paused, on request of the media, to express their surprise that there was a meeting in the first place and that they were not invited since the discussion revolves around their livelihood. Their surprise is compounded because the group had been informed on Monday, when they met with the Central Committee to discuss changes to the Civil Code relating to amongst other things procedures for selling property that they would be invited back for further discussions.
“What’s interesting that while we were waiting outside in the hall for the start of this meeting Leroy de Weever told us the meeting is based on a request from the organization, but later Miss Arrindell said the invitation came from the committee. We believe that there should be unification and we wonder why we can’t even listen. What’s the big secret,” RAM’s Chairman Arun Jagtiani said.
The RAM represents 20 realtors and real estate companies and the St. Maarten Real Estate Association represents five companies.

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