Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Reform-procedures bill to complete first reading by July

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Rome, June 11 - The bill to set out the procedures
for reforming the Italian Constitution to streamline government
will be complete for its first reading in parliament by the end
of July, Relations with Parliament Minister Dario Franceschini,
said on Tuesday.
"There is a commitment to take on the bill and draw up the
process for reform," Franceschini said following a government
summit.
The unprecedented left-right government of Premier Enrico
Letta has set an 18-month deadline for the reforms, which
will be framed by a panel of 40 parliamentarians helped by 35
Constitutional experts.
Reforms will include a new electoral law, cutting the number
of MPs and stripping the Senate of its equal status to the Lower
House.
Law-making is slower in Italy than other countries because
the Senate has the same powers as the House.
Another mooted reform is to change the way the Italian
president is elected.
Currently he is voted in by parliament.
There is a groundswell on the right for changing this to
let the Italian people choose him, as in France and the United
States, but this is opposed by many on the left.
Any changes to the Constitution require a two-thirds
majority in both chambers.
If they do not get this, they are subject to a popular
referendum, which can abrogates the reform.

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