Public Comment Session:
The Public Comment Session is an annual opportunity for community members to have input into legislative priorities for the following year.
- Legislative development and recognition of laws and institutions
- To re-establish the Legislative Commission to prioritize legislative development as well as to engage community Members in guiding legislative development.
- Implementation of our language within the workplace and within the community.
Legislative Development Objectives:
The Akwesasne Legislative Enactment Regulation was ratified with Mohawk Council Resolution 2015/2016-#261A. The purpose of this Regulation is:
- To ensure an open, transparent and accountable law making procedures for Akwesasronon.
- To engage Akwesasronon in the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne’s lawmaking procedure.
- To ensure that Akwesasne Laws reflect the values, customs, and aspirations of Akwesasronon.
- To ensure that Akwesasne Laws are in keeping with principles of natural justice.
- To establish a standardized procedural regulation for the development, enactment, amendment and repeal of Akwesasne Laws.
The Akwesasne Legislative Enactment Regulation involves the following five (5) phases of development:
Phase I – Development of Proposed Law: This phase can be initiated by the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne or by a petition from Akwesasronon. A mandate to develop legislation on the identified subject matter is provided to the Akwesasne Legislative Commission and Technicians.
Phase II – Acceptance of Proposed Akwesasne Law In Principle: After a draft law has been developed in Phase I, the proposed legislation is brought to a Council Meeting for acceptance in principle.
Phase III – Community Consultation: The draft law that was accepted in principle in Phase II is sent to the community for review and comments. A minimum of three (3) Information Meetings to discuss the proposed legislation will be schedule, one in each District of Kawehno:ke, Kana:takon and Tsi Snaihne.
Phase IV – Enactment of an Akwesasne Law: The final draft law is brought to the community for enactment by either a secret ballot vote at a Special General Meeting, or by a referendum vote.
Phase V – Procedures after the Enactment Phase of an Akwesasne Law:
- The enacted law is registered with the Kaiahnehronsehra iehiontakwa: Place Where Laws Are Registered – Akwesasne Law Registry (Akwesasne Law Registry).
- If a law is rejected, a notice is posted to the community informing them of the rejection and no further development of another Akwesasne Law dealing with the same subject matter will be worked on for at least 120-days.
Current Legislative Development Initiatives by Priority:
The Akwesasne Legislative Commission held a Public Comment Session and accepted written comment from the community to provide input on legislative development files that should be a priority in 2019. After balancing the perspectives and interests of the community, Mohawk Council of Akwesasne, and administration (e.g. departments, programs) – the Akwesasne Legislative Commission prioritized the following 10-files for development in 2019 (listed alphabetically):
- Akwesasne Cannabis Law | Phase I
- Akwesasne Child Welfare Law | Phase I
- Building Codes/Housing Law | Phase I
- Akwesasne Election Law – Amendment | Phase V
- Akwesasne Financial Administration Law | Phase V
- Akwesasne Land Law | Phase I
- Akwesasne Landlord Tenant Law | Phase I
- Prescription Drug/Controlled Substances/Akwesasne Drug Law – Amendment | Phase I
- Akwesasne Residency Law – Amendment | Phase I
- Akwesasne Water Law | Phase I