Senator Teahjay stated that the Bill is to modernize the Upper House of the Liberian Legislature and reduce the work load of the Pro-tempore.
Like the House, he said, it is important for the senate pro-tempore to have a deputy with a functional office with budget.
However, Plenary received the Bill and subsequently sent it to Committee on rules, order, administration and finance.
The Senate under the Constitution of Liberia possesses power to advice and consent to the president’s appointments.
Article 51 of the Constitution of Liberia states that the vice president shall be President of the Senate and shall preside over its deliberations without the right to vote, except in the case of a tie vote.
Meanwhile, Senator Prince Johnson and other senators argued that the Bill should not resurface in the senate for discussion stating that, the Pro-tempore is being assisted by various committees.
For this reason, there is no need for the establishment of the Office for Deputy Pro-tempore position.
Moreover, some prominent Liberians who spoke to this medium are of the opinion that such Bill makes no sense as it is another ploy by the Sinoe County Senator to create another opportunity for tax payers’ money to be wasted through the legislative budget.
They commended Senator Prince Johnson for strongly opposing such Bill and urged others to join the Nimba County senator to kill that ‘nonsensical’ Bill.