DIRECTORATE OF LEGISLATIVE PROCEDURE AND LEGAL SERVICES

The Directorate is headed by the Director Legislative Procedure and Legal Services.  It is charged with the responsibility of handling all legal matters arising in the County Assembly, offering procedural advice during plenary sessions and committee meetings. The Directorate is composed of four departments, Legal Services, Committee Services, Research Services and Security Services.

RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE DEPARTMENTS

Legal Services

  • Drafting of legislative bills proposed by members or Assembly committees;
  • Scrutinizing Assembly bills to ensure they comply and do not contradict the Constitution or any other national legislation;
  • Drawing contracts and legal agreements on behalf of the Assembly;
  • Offering advice on procedure and practice to the Speaker, other presiding officers and members of the County Assembly;
  • Ensuring compliance with the law;
  • Giving of legal opinions on matters before or relating to the County Assembly;
  • Carrying on legal research on matters before the Department;
  • Interpreting and advising the Assembly accordingly on legal matters;
  • Providing any other legal services that may be required by the Assembly, its committees, the Speaker or the Clerk.

Committee Services

  • Assisting committees to investigate and inquire into all matters relating to the assigned departments as they may deem necessary, and as may be referred to them by the Assembly;
  • Assisting and facilitating committees to vet and report on appointments where the Constitution or any law requires the Assembly to approve;
  • Assisting committees to make reports and recommendations to the Assembly as often as possible, including recommendations of proposed legislation;
  • They Make all administrative arrangements for meetings, public hearings, and visits;
  • Preparing briefing materials for the committee;
  • Liaising closely with Members, government departments, the Chapter 15 institutions, including the Auditor General, the Controller of Budget, among others, and the public to ensure the effective inquiry of matters and the timely presentation of reports to the Assembly;

 Research Services

  • Generate and disseminate research information to enhance County Assembly core functions – Law making, oversight and representation.
  • Provide researched analytical information and facts to the Legislature with a view to contribute towards enhanced constitutional principle of separation of power;
  • Provide research services and support to MCAs, House Committees, and Assembly Office holders, that assists them to effectively perform out their constitutional responsibilities;
  • Support the provision of the information needs of the County Assembly through a range of research services and products;
  • Carry out research and assemble sectoral data, and information on comparative aspects of Assembly practice and procedure; evolution, growth and contemporary aspects of the County Assembly;
  • Undertake legislative research and public policy analysis to generate policy briefs and options to sustain evidence-informed decision making in the legislature;
  • Build a credible data bank for reference and timely response to County Assembly’s information needs.
  • Forge and maintain mutually beneficial networks and linkages with research and policy analysis institutions at national, regional and international levels; and
  • Initiate anticipatory research and contribute to publications on contemporary and topical issues relevant to the work of the legislature.

Security Services

  • Maintain custody of the mace;
  • Ensure protective security for all persons and property and advises the Speaker and the Clerk on the same;
  • Performs chamber and ceremonial duties like leading the Speaker’s procession
  • Organizes educational tours and visits to the Assembly;
  • Enforce and implement the Speaker’s orders and other directives;
  • Allocate office accommodation to Members of County Assembly and staff and committee rooms to committees;
  • Ensure fire prevention and safety of the facilities;
  • Ensure compliance with occupational health requirements/standards;
  • Access control management;
  • Crowd management;
  • Ensure desirable housekeeping standards;
  • Maintain decorum within the precincts of parliament;
  • Disaster preparedness and mitigation;
  • Investigating incidents;
  • Disseminates relevant information to members through notice boards;
  • Carries out periodical security surveys; and
  • Conducts institutional risk assessment;