Rules Of Procedure Of The Assembly Of The Republic

Original Language Title: Regimento da Assembleia da República

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1 DRAFT RESOLUTION N° 206/X CHANGE to the RULES OF PROCEDURE of the ASSEMBLY of the REPUBLIC, (resolution No. 4/93, AS AMENDED by RESOLUTIONS Nos. 15/96, 3/99, 75/99 and 2/03) statement was established that by the end of April all the parliamentary groups would consider the proposals to discuss with a view to perfecting the work of Parliament and the functioning of the Assembly of the Republic.

This draft resolution represents the proposals of the parliamentary group "the Greens" which involve amendment to the rules of procedure of the Assembly of the Republic. "The Greens" feature in the overall package, other proposals, formulated in another draft resolution and other simple recommendation to Parliament.

As for involving amendment to the rules of procedure, here embodied, we followed a summary accompanied by a justification of the proposal: monthly Debate with the Prime Minister "the Greens" propose that these monthly debates will have a way to allow them to take your true purpose, namely, that the Prime Minister is faced with the issues of the different parliamentary groups.

So, would a lot more sense to leave to be an initial intervention of the Prime Minister, usually devoted to a specific theme, to which the different parliamentary groups end up having to devote part of your time. It would make more sense to start the debate early in the first round of questions of the parliamentary groups, with the answers one by one of the Prime Minister, followed by rebuttal and Rejoinder. 2 "the Greens" propose, then, that the monthly debate keep templates current with all three rounds, withdrawing only the initial intervention of the Prime Minister and consequently also a subject of debate.

Challenge to the Government in an interpellation to the Government, has logic that the challenging party log, explaining the purpose of the same and framing the topic of discussion, and that the Government talk then.

The logic is that it's not the challenging party to close the session, removing thus the conclusions arising from the initiative that took. Indeed, currently the regiment gives the final say to the Government.

Experience has shown already, in some questions, which some members of the Government announce some measures in the closing sessions of questions, rather than in the period of interpellation debate, the parliamentary groups, and in particular the challenging, without opportunity to comment on the "news" that the Member of the Government leaves to the end.

The proposal from the Greens is that in the closing session to continue to have the floor to Government and the challenging party, but instead of being the Government to terminate must be the challenging party to have the last word on "your" initiative.

Response to requirements When a Member makes a request is because it believes that the information you get is important for the exercise of your mandate and the achievement of your parliamentary work.

The requirements are the only way for a member to be able to drive fast in writing to a member of the Government, seeking a written reply.

Some responses to requests arrive enlightening and in good time, other take so long that when they no longer have any useful effect for the Member, other 3 don't even be provided. In fact, varies too much Government-to-Government and, within these, from Ministry to Ministry.

"The Greens" propose, then, that a uniform regime to ensure that one of the powers conferred by the Constitution of the Portuguese Republic not be cheapened by the lack of response from the Government or other entities as required.

We propose, therefore, that the arrangements currently laid down in the rules of procedure (of which the requested Party shall respond to the urgency of the response appropriate, what is subjective), is replaced by a time limit of 45 days for response to requests. In the case of the receiving agency understand that no condition to respond within the time limit, the extension of this deadline (which cannot exceed other 45 days) and has to justify that Act, namely point the reason that makes you unable to respond within the appropriate time.

We propose that both requirements, wants the answers, whether the reasons for postponement of response are published in the journal of the Assembly of the Republic.

Duty of Government information "Greens" propose that when the Government submit to Parliament a draft law, must provide the members of all the information possible to allow the same meeting presentation support that proposal.

So, you must understand that in the formal requirement for the submission of tenders, which translates in the explanation and justification for the proposal to integrate the presentation of studies, opinions or other documents that support the initiative.

Seats in the plenary in the plenary, the need for a parliamentary group having to point out quickly to the Bureau of the Assembly of the Republic any record, or support services to the House, or even the direction of the other groups. Also the right to heckling is established within the framework of parliamentary debates. 4 All if makes it difficult and sometimes even becomes impractical if the groups do not have front row seat of the Chamber, where they concentrate the directions of groups.

So, for the sake of visibility required for the exercise of the parliamentary work in plenary, it is important to lay down the principle that all the parliamentary groups are entitled to take place in the first row of the Chamber and that this right not be the criterion of good or bad political will of parliamentary majorities.

25 April session the plenary session taking place in Parliament every year to mark the April 25 1974, should have procedural by consecration importance, for the particular feature that has the presence of guests, including the President of the Republic that it also takes the word, and for being the only one during the year in holiday.

Thus, "the Greens" propose the rules subscribe this special plenary meeting, with the assignment of Word to all the parliamentary groups, for time not exceeding 10 minutes, followed by speeches of the President of the Assembly of the Republic and, at the invitation of this, the President of the Republic.

Reports on Petitions is very common that a petition, once admitted, and it was named the your rapporteur, be subject to one or more interim reports, which defers often to your ready condition up to plenary.

Thus, "the Greens" propose to establish a deadline, extendable to 60 not days for the completion of the final report of the petition, without prejudice to the making of interim reports, which shall be made taking into account what is the deadline for the completion of the final report.

Thus accelerate a determining requirements for petitions comprising conditions to climb the plenary may be scheduled more quickly. 5 Reports of the committees often happens that draft reports contain a policy expressed appreciation about the contents of the same.

Being sure that the reports are not voted, but only the conclusions and opinions, if they are politically harmless and objectives in your content, such as are typically are approved, "attaching", however, in the publication in the Journal report that no vote, but it's there, and sometimes with content of assessment policy.

It does not seem right that the vote focuses only on the conclusions and the opinion which form the end of a comprehensive document, which the report is the first part.

"The Greens" propose, then, that the report also be subject to pass the vote.

……………………………………………………………………………………… These are the proposals that the Group "Os Verdes" presents the following draft resolution, which seeks to make changes to the rules of procedure of the Assembly of the Republic (resolution No. 4/93, as amended by resolutions Nos. 15/96, 3/99, 75/99 and 2/03), changing the articles 35th, 66th, 67th 138, 239-243, 245, 246º and 250th and proposing a new article (81) : article 35 (report, conclusions and opinion) 1-(...) 2-(.) 3-(...) 4-(...) 5-(...) 6-the conclusions and the opinion are formulated in articles. 7-the report, the conclusions and the opinion are subject to vote in Committee and, where requested by a parliamentary group, are voted on separately. 6 8-the report and the conclusions and opinion voted, are published in the Diário da Assembleia da República. 9-(former paragraph 8) article 66 (Days of meetings) 1-(...) 2-(.) 3-(...) 4-(...) 5 – on 25 April of each year a plenary meeting, evocative of the 1974 Revolution.

Article 67 (Place in the room of meetings) 1-(...) 2-in the absence of agreement, the Assembly shall act in compliance with the principle that all the parliamentary groups are entitled to have front row seat in the Chamber. 3 – (…)

Article 81 (evocative of the Session April 25) 1-evocative plenary session of the revolution of 25 April 1974 take the word all the parliamentary groups, for time not exceeding 10 minutes, by ascending order of your representation, followed by the President of the Assembly of the Republic and, at the invitation of the President of the Republic. 2-the Parliament invites a set of entities and personalities to attend the plenary meeting provided for in the preceding paragraph.

7 Article 138a (formal requirements of projects and proposals of law) 1-(...) 2-(...)) (...) b) (...) c) (...) d) the set of studies, opinions and other documents supporting the presentation of the Bill.

Article 239-(Debate with the Prime Minister) 1-(...) 2-the debate consists of questions to Prime Minister by parliamentary groups, developed in three laps. 3 – (…) 4 – (…) 5 – (…)

Article 243 (Debate) 1-(...) 2-(.) 3-4 (...) – the debate ends with the assistance of a member of the Government and of a member of the parliamentary group, challenging the ends.

Article 245 (Requirements) 1-(...) 8 2 – the receiving Agency must respond within 45 days of the date of receipt of the request. 3-If the receiving agency understand that no condition to fulfil in good time in the preceding paragraph shall, within that period, indicate the extension of same by time, which may not exceed twice the period specified in the preceding paragraph, justifying the reason for the necessity of enlargement.

246º article (Publishing) applications, answers and justification to extend the deadline for reply, referred to in the previous article) are published in the journal.

Article 250 (examination by the Commission) 1-(...) 2-the Commission should examine the petitions and the measures that it deems appropriate, culminating this process, without prejudice to the preparation of interim reports requesting clarifications to competent authorities in the preparation of a final report, completed within 60 days from the date of acceptance of the petition. 3 – (…)

Palácio de s. Bento, 30 April 2007 Meps Heloísa Apolónia Francisco Madeira Lopes