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Speaker refuses to back opposition bill

The speaker of parliament, Pavol Paška, on Wednesday, April 1, said he was against a bill sponsored by opposition MPs which is intended to amend parliamentary session rules so as to prevent the submission of unrelated amending proposals during the second reading of bills.

The speaker of parliament, Pavol Paška, on Wednesday, April 1, said he was against a bill sponsored by opposition MPs which is intended to amend parliamentary session rules so as to prevent the submission of unrelated amending proposals during the second reading of bills.

The measure is intended to do away with debates on proposals that have not been raised previously before parliamentary committees, the TASR newswire wrote. “Such practices bring uncertainty into the legal system and create chaos,” said Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) lawmaker Tomáš Galbavý, who tabled the bill along with Christian-Democratic Movement (KDH) MP Daniel Lipšic.

Criticising the measure, Paška said the lawmakers were introducing their legislative proposal only now that they were in opposition, after having taken advantage of the status quo when in government. The SDKÚ and KDH governed in coalition with other parties until 2006.

The bill is due to be voted on at the next legislative session set for later this month, and if passed would come into effect as of August 1. TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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