Taxation (Annual Rates, Employee Allowances, and Remedial Matters) Bill

Type of Bill: Government  Member in Charge: Hon Todd McClay

This Bill is a taxation omnibus Bill, which is intended to amend the following Inland Revenue Acts: the Income Tax Act 2007; the Tax Administration Act 1994; the Income Tax Act 2004; the Goods and Services Tax Act 1985; and the Child Support Act 1991.  These amendments are aimed at improving the current tax settings within a broad-base, low rate (BBLR) framework.  Under a BBLR framework, the tax treatment of alternative forms of income and expenditure is intended to be as even as possible.  This is purported to ensure that overall tax rates can be kept low, while also minimising the biases that taxation introduces into economic decisions.

Waitangi National Trust Board Amendment Bill 

Type of Bill: Government  Member in Charge: Hon Christopher Finlayson

This Bill aims to address the issues identified by the Culture and Heritage Ministry's 2006-2008 review of the Waitangi National Trust Board Act 1932.  The review identified two issues: a potential for conflict between the constitutional and trusteeship roles of the Governor-General and Ministers as ex officio members of the Board; and the fact that the Trust Deed and the Act do not provide fixed terms of appointment for Board members.  The Bill intends to remove the Governor-General, the Prime Minister and other key Ministers from ex officio membership of the Board.  It also provides for criteria and terms of the Board's membership.

Electoral (Adjustment of Thresholds) Amendment Bill

Type of Bill: Member's Bill  Member in Charge: Iain Lees-Galloway

This Bill proposes amendments to the Electoral Act 1993 to implement the recommendations of the Electoral Commission on the party vote threshold, in time for the 2014 election.  The threshold is intended to be reduced from 5% to 4%.

Energy (Fuels, Levies, and References) Amendment Bill

Type of Bill: Government Member in Charge: Hon Simon Bridges

This Bill intends to provide for New Zealand's oil and stockholding treaty obligation under the Agreement on an International Energy Programme, which is to be met through a levy on fuel.  The Bill provides for the purpose of the existing petroleum or engine fuel monitoring levy (PEFML) to be extended so that PEFML revenue can be used to meet costs associated with the Crown’s compliance with the Agreement.  It also removes the present maximum levy rate and provides for the levy rate and fuels to which the PEFML applies to be set in regulations made by Order in Council.

SuperGold Health Check Bill

Type of Bill: Member's Bill  Member in Charge: Barbara Stewart

This Bill aims to provide SuperGold cardholders with an entitlement to three free doctor's visits per year.

Land Transport Amendment Bill

Type of Bill: Government  Member in Charge: Hon Gerry Brownlee

This Bill's purpose is to lower the legal alcohol limits for adults from 400 micrograms to 250 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath, and from 80 milligrams to 50 milligrams of 100 millilitres of blood.  It also aims to make other changes to the monitoring of legal alcohol limits, including a new rebuttable presumption of liability on drivers in certain circumstances, and a conclusive presumption that the level of alcohol indicated by an evidential breath test is the same as the level of alcohol at the time of the alleged office.

Appropriation (2012/13 Financial Review) Bill

Type of Bill: Government  Member in Charge: Hon Bill English

This Bill is intended to confirm and validate financial matters relating to the 2012/13 financial year.  It aims to confirm the Public Finance (Transfers Between Outputs) Order 2013, which was made under section 26A of the Public Finance Act 1989, and it also to confirm expenses incurred for the 2012/13 financial year with the approval of the Minister of Finance under section 26B of that Act.  The Bill also aims to validate unappropriated expenditure, including that under the authority of the Imprest Supply Act.  It is also intended to validate the New Zealand Defence Force's excess net asset holdings.