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Senate Committee to Begin Public Hearings on Bill S-209

Ottawa (May 8, 2012) - The Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs will begin public hearings on Bill S-209, an Act to amend the Criminal Code (prize fights) on Wednesday, May 9, 2012.

As part of the legislative process, the Senate refers the study of most bills to various committees in order to allow for a more detailed and thorough examination. Senate committees often invite individuals, experts, stakeholder groups, public servants and ministers of the Crown to appear before them in order to receive information relevant to the bill under consideration. Bill S-209 was referred to the committee by the Senate on April 26, 2012, for further consideration.

In order to complete its examination of the bill, the committee intends to hold hearings on May 9 and 10. These hearings will be open to the public and also available live via webcast.

You will find background information on this bill and its progress on the Parliament of Canada’s LEGISinfo website here: www.parl.gc.ca/LegisInfo/BillDetails.

For committee meeting times, agenda, mandate, membership, recent reports and minutes of proceeding, please see: http://senate-senat.ca/lcjc-e.asp

Webcast: www.senate-senat.ca/webcast-e.asp

The Senate of Canada is on Twitter: @SenateCA, follow the committee using the hashtags #LCJC #SenCA and #S-209

Formore information, please contact:

Brigitte Lemay
Media Relations
Tel: 613-996-7136
E-mail: lemayb@sen.parl.gc.ca

Shaila Anwar
Committee Clerk
Tel. 613-991-0719
Email: anwars@sen.parl.gc.ca