The session hall of the Verkhovna Rada / Illustration REUTERS
The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted a resolution concerning further work on the draft law on amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine on immunity of people’s deputies of Ukraine (№ 7203/L1).
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As UNIAN correspondent, the decision about work on the presidential draft law on amendments to article 80 of the Constitution of Ukraine on immunity of people’s deputies of Ukraine (#7203), voted by 274 MPs of the 344 registered in the session hall.
The decree provides a deadline for the submission of proposals and amendments to the draft bill until 19 October inclusive.
Processing time of committees (on Rules, on budget, on preventing and combating corruption, European integration) proposals and amendments to draft legislation and provide conclusions to the Verkhovna Rada Committee on legal policy and justice – in the period up to November 7 inclusive.
In addition, the Verkhovna Rada Committee on legal policy mandated to develop proposals and amendments to the bill and to arrange the provision of people’s deputies of the documents specified in part 3 of article 150 of the Rules of BP, in the period up to November 21, inclusive.
It is also expected to hold consideration of the bill not earlier than 7 days after submission of the deputies of the relevant findings of the committees.
The decree comes into force from the date of its adoption.
At the same time, the deputies did not support the draft resolution No. 6773/P1, relating to further work on the bill to abolish parliamentary immunity, No. 6773, which was initiated more than 150 MPs. This draft resolution provided for the identical terms of work on the relevant bill, but voted for him only 213 deputies out of 338 registered.
Recall, October 19, 2017, the Verkhovna Rada sent to the constitutional court to reach conclusions two bills on amendments to the Constitution in the abolition of parliamentary immunity.
One of them was President, “On amendments to article 80 of the Constitution of Ukraine (re immunity of people’s deputies, registration number 7203) provides for the deletion of the current wording of the Basic Law the rule that “the deputies cannot, without the consent of the Verkhovna Rada to be held criminally liable, detained or arrested”. It remains the norm that MPs are not legally responsible for the results of voting or statements in the Parliament and its bodies, with the exception of liability for insult or defamation.
The bill provides that the act will come into force from 1 January 2020.
The other – “On amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine (regarding the abolition of parliamentary immunity)” (registration number 6773), who submitted the 158 deputies.
The bill proposes to exclude from the current wording of the Constitution the provision that “the people’s deputies of Ukraine may not without the consent of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine to be held criminally liable, detained or arrested”.
Also, the draft law introduces amendments to Final provisions of the Constitution, which stipulates that the law shall enter into force on the day following the day of its publication.
The constitutional court ruled constitutional the two draft laws.
In accordance with the procedure for adoption of amendments to the Constitution first, the bill is forwarded to the COP for an opinion. After receiving a draft law being considered by Parliament and pre-approved by at least 226 votes. And a final adoption may not be held earlier than the next regular session of the Parliament and must be made a minimum of 300 votes.