The Chamber of Deputies mobilizes to increase the schedule of oral question sessions

A well-informed parliamentary source revealed to Hespress that the House of Representatives office will hold a meeting tomorrow, Tuesday, September 20, part of which will be devoted to reviewing the parliament’s internal system.

This occurs after the subcommittee in charge of reviewing the internal regime of the House of Representatives agreed to hold several meetings in the presence of representatives of the teams and the parliamentary group this month.

According to data obtained by Hespress, the internal regime review subcommittee of the House of Representatives agreed to introduce a series of amendments before approving the final version by the expanded commission, which includes both the Speaker of the House of Representatives, members of the office, the committee heads, the team leaders and the parliamentary group.

In this sense, the subcommittee for reviewing the regulations of the Chamber of Deputies agreed to increase the time of the oral question sessions.

Under these amendments, oral question sessions will begin at 2:30 p.m., instead of 3:00 p.m., and will end at 6:00 p.m.

It was also agreed not to count the points of the system and the presentation of the Secretary of the Council and marginal discussions within the period of time indicated in three and a half hours.

The enlarged commission to review the internal regime of the House of Representatives is expected to meet before the opening of Parliament to agree on the final version of the project, before voting on it and sending it to the Constitutional Court to examine its compliance with the Constitution.

On the other hand, Hespress learned that the subcommittee for reviewing the internal regime of the Chamber of Deputies agreed to limit the confidentiality of the meetings of the permanent commissions to the detailed discussion of the bills, and to avoid the direct transfer of the work of these . commissions, and it was also agreed to achieve parity between the majority and the opposition in the general discussion of statements and declarations made by the Prime Minister before the House of Representatives.

The teams and the parliamentary group had agreed on most of the amendments to be made to the statutes of the House of Representatives.

The aforementioned modifications, which Hespress reviewed, included streamlining the work of exploratory missions and organizing the membership divestiture procedure.

In this regard, the reforms stipulated that “a permanent committee cannot organize more than two reconnaissance missions at the same time, until one or both missions complete their work and present their reports.”

The reforms also gave the office of the Permanent Commission the power to determine the number of deputies it assigns with the exploratory mission, as long as it does not exceed eight members nor is it less than two members.

No deputy can be a member of two existing exploratory missions at the same time, and the amendments prevented the extension of the exploratory mission function to investigation missions framed in Chapter 67 of the Constitution.

The reforms stipulated the need to inform any deputy who finds himself in a situation of conflict of interest that intersects with the objectives of the temporary reconnaissance mission in which he is a member of the House of Representatives, in order to avoid affecting his impartiality. and independence.

The amendments included stripping every male or female representative who was absent for a full legislative year from attending Council work without an acceptable excuse of their Council membership. The amendments defined the concept of “acceptable excuse” to justify the absence for a full year, while the procedure for requesting removal was reviewed.