The Spring sitting of the legislative session wrapped up from Regina last week. 

"Overall, I think the session went fairly well," shared Estevan's MLA, Lori Carr. "We got a lot of bills passed. We passed 60 bills this session. Some of those being the ride-sharing bill. Bill 40 is a bill that we actually repealed because it was the will of the people."

Bill 40 was the bill introduced that would allow for the sale of partial equity of crown corporations. It was met with a lot of criticism and was later repealed.

The provincial government also passed a bill allowing victims of domestic abuse unpaid leave from work.

This session also saw a new face in the leader's seat. 

"It was Scott Moe's first full term as Premier. Following Brad Wall, I think he did a really, really good job. He's making his own mark, he's got his own identity and I think he's turning out to be a great premier for the province of Saskatchewan."

Some of the bills passed include:

-Protecting the right to school choice by invoking the notwithstanding clause of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and legislation to provide certainty to parents and students that government can continue funding students who attend Catholic separate schools regardless of their religious affiliation;
-The framework to allow the federal government’s legalization of cannabis;
-Amended The Privacy Act for greater protection against the unauthorized electronic distribution of intimate images;
-Legislation to make consequences more severe for drivers who are impaired and who transport children;
-Legislation to allow the establishment of ride-sharing services in Saskatchewan communities;
-Creation of an interpersonal violence leave of 10 unpaid days;
-Creation of a new provincial park in the Porcupine Hills area;
-Value-added agriculture incentives to improve investment attraction; and
-Updating animal protection enforcement.

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