Plenary session of the State Duma of the Russian Federation
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MOSCOW, July 16. /TASS/. The state Duma of the seventh convocation adopted 354 of the law in autumn and spring session, said on Sunday in interview to the First channel, the Chairman of the lower house of Parliament, Vyacheslav Volodin.
“We are for all the time since the start of the State Duma [of the seventh convocation] took 354 of the law. We still have a week ahead, the number will increase, but it is smaller than was considered by our predecessors over the same period, say, 2016. But not supposed to be here race for a numerical indicator of quality should be,” he said.
The agenda of the state Duma, said Volodin, reflect the questions that were put to their deputies by the public. “There was a demand for responsible government, a responsible government must in the first place, especially if we are talking about representative, legislative power, to be able to hear, to defend the interests and represent the population during decision-making, discussion, decisions”, – he explained.
As an example, the Chairman of the state Duma gave a bill of renovation, which, according to him, much has changed for the second reading because of his discussion with the representatives of the inhabitants of Moscow, who was first invited to parliamentary hearings. “The parliamentary system develops, and shapes that require high-quality solutions. These forms we are looking for,” he said.
The state Duma of the seventh convocation elected on 18 September 2016 for a period of five years. “United Russia” received in the new state Duma 343 mandate, securing a constitutional majority, the Communist party – 42, LDPR – 39, “Fair Russia” – 23 seats.
The spring session of the state Duma commenced on 9 January, will end July 30, 2017. In autumn 2015, the state Duma of the sixth convocation has approved 202 of the act in the spring session 2016 – almost two times more, 384 of the law. In the first session, which was the shortest during the work because of the postponement of the elections from December to September, the state Duma of the seventh convocation adopted only 142 of the act.
The search for consensus
The search for consensus, according to Volodin, is always necessary and it does not contradict the idea of democratic competition.
“I must say that not contradict, because the consensus always need to look for,” said the speaker, answering the request to comment on the possibility of achieving a consensus between the “United Russia” and the Communist party, as well as to the question, does it not contradict the idea of democratic competition. “And when we talk about making the decision, the decision will be verified and optimal only through discussion,” he said.
“Via, if you want a discussion, through the adversarial parties to reach a solution that will have minimal flaws would be effective and optimal,” said Volodin. He said that today in the state Duma of the seventh convocation, there is a consensus on 36 bills of 354 taken for two sessions.
The politician explained that these are documents on various areas of law, but drew special attention, among them resonance law on the renovation of residential buildings in the city. “The hardest was the case, almost no one imagined that we manage to reach consensus, – he admitted. But we came to the consensus that this was very important, especially on a topic such as renovation”.
Volodin also said that the request that the state Duma has become a place for discussion, allowing to come to a reasonable compromise, and the decision came from the voters themselves. “It was the request of the society, the request of the voters. The deputies feel this query and they understand that it is important to discuss the issue and, moreover, we seek forms that allow us to discuss these issues effectively,” he said, adding that imply held over the past year, Okhotny Ryad, numerous hearings, and the participation in meetings of representatives of regions and civil society.