The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) agreed in principle on Thursday with what they saw during first reading of the new bill concerning conflict of interest prevention among state officials.
The bill aims to prevent conflicts of interest among state officials including receiving gifts, and actions and judgements in favour of private entities in state projects or legal cases. Those subject to penalties under this new law include officials’ parents, partners, siblings, and children.
The NLA members mostly agreed with the content of the bill, but some wanted the meeting to define “state officials” more specifically to ensure that those involving in some mixed state-private initiatives, including the Pracha Rath projects, would not be subject to penalties under this law.
The meeting voted in favour of the bill, with 150 votes for and seven abstentions.
The NLA’s law vetting committee would next scrutinise the bill before bringing it back to the NLA to deliberate on the second and third readings.