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Lower House approves amendments to Fiscal Surplus Law

By JT - Apr 08,2021 - Last updated at Apr 08,2021

Lawmakers are seen during a Lower House session on Wednesday (Petra photo)

AMMAN — The Lower House on Wednesday approved amendments of the 2019 Fiscal Surplus Law, as referred by the Parliamentary Finance Committee, amendments of the 2020 Civil Aviation Law, amendments of 2021 Companies Law, which was returned by the Senate, as well as the 2021 amendments to the law of the fund for fallen officers of the Jordan Armed Forces-Arab Army (JAF) and the security agencies which was received from the government.

During a Lower House session, notices related to reducing curfew hours during Ramadan, reopening the mosques and exempting university students from fees, as well as compensating traders affected by the Rapid Bus Project, were signed, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra. 

Regarding the amendments related to the Financial Surplus Law, MPs approved that the amendments will go into effect 30 days after being published in the Official Gazette. 

They also passed the Finance Committee’s recommendations that included the cancellation of three government units, including the Youth and Sports Support Fund, the Scientific Research and Innovation Support Fund and the Aqaba Railway Company.

Minister of Finance Mohamad Al-Ississ said that the amendments to the Financial Surplus Law are in line with previous decisions and they reflect the decisions of cancellation or addition of government entities.

Amendments related to the civil aviation law, the deputies approved the draft law as was referred by the Parliamentary Transport, Tourism and Antiquities Committee, which included restructuring the Board of Commissioners of the Jordan Civil Aviation Regulatory Commission (CARC), to consist a head and two full-time commissioners instead of five.

For the amendments to the Companies Law, the lawmakers approved the senators’ amendment to the bill. 

According to the 2021 amendments of the law of the fund for fallen officers of the Jordan Armed Forces-Arab Army (JAF) and the security agencies, an officer from the armed forces will be the president of the fund, with the membership of four officers representing the JAF, the Public Security Directorate and the General Intelligence Directorate, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.

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