The spring session of the state Duma: the renovation of the legislative process

Plenary session of the State Duma of the Russian Federation

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MOSCOW, July 21. /TASS/. The state Duma of the seventh convocation ends Friday spring session. The outgoing season was one of the longest in the recent history of the chamber of deputies for the first time, finish the job in the third, and not in the first week of July. In combination with a longer plenary sessions, skip, who now can only be at its own expense, such schedule and the pace of legislative activity demanded of the deputies, and officers of the chamber of endurance, and extreme concentration.

But in less than seven months, the deputies managed to more than halve the so-called legislative blockages that they got in the inheritance from predecessors, and also make a number of important documents. Among them – the most important law on the renovation of the housing stock of the capital, and the adoption of the oath to foreigners receiving Russian citizenship.

The renovation of the law

According to many observers, the most important, and revealing, from the standpoint of the new features of the legislative process, leaving the session was the work on resonant draft law on the renovation of residential buildings in the city.

After entering into the state Duma the first version of the document has caused many questions, including the heads of profile Duma committees; followed by protests. However, the leadership of the house, who took a principled position on the need for fixing the norms of direct action of the rights of the citizens managed to achieve consensus and enlist the support of the most acute critics of the document, among which were, for example, the Chairman of the Committee on housing spywares Galina Khovanskaya. “The hardest was the case, almost no one imagined that it will be possible to reach consensus, – said the speaker Vyacheslav Volodin in a recent interview to the First channel. But we came to the consensus that this was very important, especially on a topic such as renovation”.

Perhaps the culmination of a long and intense process of discussion of the bill were the parliamentary hearings on which deputies have invited 350 of Muscovites, whose houses were included in the list for voting on the renovation programme. For the first time so many ordinary citizens were invited to the plenary hall where they were able to Express concerns and doubts in connection with the future law. Many of them were personally answered by the mayor of the capital Sergey Sobyanin, who gave Khrushchev residents a variety of protections and denied speculation about the mechanisms for the implementation of the proposed rules.