By Clifford Ndujihe, Gbenga Akanmu & Olasunkanmi Akoni

Since its inauguration in June 2007, the Lagos State House of Assembly has passed 45 bills into law, an average of 15 legislation per year.

However, four-fifth of the legislation are executive bills with only a handful emanating from the lawmakers.

Within the period, the lawmakers also passed 5 resolutions. And 27 bills are at various stages of being passed into law as well as 13 proposed regulations.

Bills passed in the first session, 4 June 2007 to 3 June 2008, included: Lagos State Security Trust Law, 2007; Community Development Association Law, 2008; Lagos State Office of Public Defender Law, 2008; Public Road, Setback (Social and Religious Function Prohibition) Removal of Obstruction Law, 2008; Lagos State Microfinance Institution Law 2008; Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (Amendment) Law, 2008; Road Traffic (Amendment) Law, 2008; National Inland Waterways Act (Repeal) Law, 2008; and Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission Law, 2008

In the second session, the successful bills included: Lagos State Land Registry Electronics Document Management System Law, 2008; Lagos State Lotteries (Amendment) Law, 2008; Lagos State Emergency Management Agency Law, 2008; Lagos State Waterways Authority Law, 2008; Bills of Sale (Amendment) Law, 2008; Lagos State Bonds, Notes and other Securities Issuance Law, 2008; Lagos State Debt Management Office (Establishment, etc) Law, 2008; and Local Government Election Tribunal (Amendment) Law, 2008.

The rest were Lagos State Waterfront Infrastructural Development Law, 2008 ; Wharf Landing Fee Law, 2009; Partnership (Amendment) Law, 2009; Lagos Court of Arbitration Law, 2009; Lagos State Arbitration Law, 2009; Lagos State Model City Development Authority Law, 2009; and Lagos State Road Traffic (Amendment) Law, 2009.

In the third legislative, the sixth House of the Lagos State House of Assembly passed the following laws: Hotel Occupancy and Restaurant Consumption Tax Law, 2009; Lagos State Boundary Committee Law, 2009; Lagos State Technical and Vocational Education Board Law, 2009; Magistrates’ Court Law, 2009; and Lagos State House of Assembly Legislative Service Commission Law, 2009.

And in the fourth session, the lawmakers passed:  Urban and Regional Planning Development Law, 2010; Seal of Lagos State Government Bill, 2010; Lagos State Special Peoples Bill, 2010; Local Government Levies (approved list for collection) Bill, 2010; Mortgage and Property Bill, 2010; Hotel Licensing (Amendment) Bill, 2010; and Lagos State Parks and Gardens Agency Bill, 2010.

The approved regulations are Special Offences Court (Amendment) Regulations, 2008; Casino and Gaming Regulations, 2008; Education Law Cap E1 (Vesting of Certain Institutions) Order, 2007; Trustees’Rules, 2009; and Lagos State Lotteries License Fee Regulations, 2009.

Apart from appropriation and supplementary appropriations, the bills include: Lagos State Security Trust Law, 2007; Community Development Association Law, 2008; Lagos State Office of Public Defender Law, 2008; Public Road, Setback (Social and Religious Function Prohibition) Removal of Obstruction Law, 2008; Lagos State Microfinance Institution Law, 2008; Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (Amendment) Law, 2008; Road Traffic (Amendment) Law, 2008; National Inland Waterways Act;  Land Registry Electronics Document Management System Law, 2008; and Lagos State Lotteries (Amendment) Law, 2008.

There are also Lagos State Emergency Management Agency Law, 2008; Lagos State Waterways Authority Law, 2008; Bills of Sale (Amendment) Law, 2008; Lagos State Bonds, Notes and other Securities Issuance Law, 2008; Lagos State Debt Management Office (Establishment, etc) Law, 2008; Local Government Election Tribunal (Amendment) Law, 2008; and Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission Law, 2008 among others.

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