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Parliamentary caucuses must have at least eight members

Politicians should no longer need to dispute as to whether a parliamentary caucus exists, as the government on Wednesday, August 21 okayed an amendment to Parliament’s Rules of Procedure that makes eight members a minimum for having a caucus, the TASR newswire wrote. The current law is somewhat unclear, as it only stipulates that eight members are needed for a caucus to come into existence. It lacks a provision, however, determining what happens if the number of members of a given caucus drops below eight during the course of a term. The issue gained prominence in May after the parliamentary caucus of Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) shrank to six MPs following the departure of five members. Speaker of Parliament Pavol Paška (Smer) then announced that the caucus can no longer operate and will be scrapped, along with the respective stipend that goes with party status. The governing Smer party then decided to amend the respective law so as to avoid future ambiguous interpretations, as even Parliament's constitutional committee has previously issued two different interpretations of the law.

Politicians should no longer need to dispute as to whether a parliamentary caucus exists, as the government on Wednesday, August 21 okayed an amendment to Parliament’s Rules of Procedure that makes eight members a minimum for having a caucus, the TASR newswire wrote.

The current law is somewhat unclear, as it only stipulates that eight members are needed for a caucus to come into existence. It lacks a provision, however, determining what happens if the number of members of a given caucus drops below eight during the course of a term. The issue gained prominence in May after the parliamentary caucus of Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) shrank to six MPs following the departure of five members. Speaker of Parliament Pavol Paška (Smer) then announced that the caucus can no longer operate and will be scrapped, along with the respective stipend that goes with party status.

The governing Smer party then decided to amend the respective law so as to avoid future ambiguous interpretations, as even Parliament's constitutional committee has previously issued two different interpretations of the law.

(Source: TASR)
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