Posts tagged as Bill

Bill for intelligence watchdog thwarted at Lithuanian parliament

Friday, May 22, 2020

Lithuania’s parliament has rejected a proposal to set up an intelligence ombudsperson, with the opposition’s bill being criticised as “ruining a good idea”. The parliamentary opposition proposed establishing an omburdsperson to carry out independent oversight of the intelligence institutions. The office would also handle people’s complaints about any possible abuses. On Thursday, members of the Seimas rejected the bill, with 40 MPs voting in favour, nine against and 43 abstaining.…

Bill to allow to include liquor bottles in package deposit system

Monday, March 2, 2020

The Ministry of the Environment is preparing a bill that would allow to make also bottles of strong alcohol part of the package deposit system in Estonia, Postimees reported. Liquor bottles are not currently included in the system as the bottle refund machines originally installed in Estonia would not have been able to identify liquor bottles due to their very different shape. Also after the change concerning bottles of strong…

Saeima committee endorses bill on dissolution of Riga City Council ahead of final reading in Saeima

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

The Saeima Budget and Finance (Taxation) Committee today endorsed the bill on the dissolution of Riga City Council ahead of its final reading in Saeima. The parliamentary committee rejected all proposals submitted by the opposition, so no changes were made to the bill before it was sent for the second reading in Saeima. Coalition lawmakers took into consideration the Saeima legal office’s warnings about high constitutionality risks, as well as…

Bill on national defense education forwarded to Saeima committees

Friday, January 31, 2020

Saeima today forwarded to committees a bill on national defense education for children and youth, drafted by the Defense Ministry. The ministry predicts that the number of students attending national education classes annually will be up to 34,000 when the new legislation comes into effect. Attending national defense classes will be 10th and 11th-graders, as well as students at vocational education institutions. Saeima earlier decided that national defense classes could…

Bill on dissolution of Riga City Council starts its way at parliament

Thursday, December 19, 2019

The Latvian parliament at an extraordinary meeting sent the bill on dissolution of the Riga City Council to the budget and financial (taxation) committee for revision. The bill provides that the Riga City Council should be dissolved because the local authority has repeatedly failed to fulfill one of its functions – to ensure the provision of waste management services in the city. As reported, the Cabinet of Ministers on Tuesday…

Bill on excise tax hikes making way through Lithuanian parliament

Friday, November 22, 2019

A bill raising Lithuania’s excise duties on strong alcohol, gasoline, and diesel fuel is making its way through the Lithuanian parliament. The respective amendments to the Law on Excise Duties passed the second reading in the Seimas with 59 votes in favor, 10 against and 38 abstentions on Thursday, and will need a final vote to be adopted. If approved, the excise tax rate for diesel fuel used for agricultural purposes…

Lithuanian president signs social enterprises bill criticised by businesses and people with disabilities

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda signed a bill on social enterprises into law on Wednesday, but proposed to supplement it with a monitoring mechanism. Nausėda thinks while the law “is not perfect,” it is a step toward dealing with issues of employment of disabled people, Antanas Bubnelis, the president’s spokesman, told BNS. “The new Law on Social Enterprises is not perfect, but the president signed it because he believes that this is a…

House Democrats move to pass a trimmed defense bill

Saturday, July 13, 2019

The Democratic-controlled House is moving to put a liberalized stamp on Pentagon policy with a $725 billion measure that pares back the Trump administration’s defense request and its authority to make war against Iran. Democratic leaders hoped to regain their balance as their caucus still smarts from a fight between moderates and progressives over last month’s $4.6 billion border bill. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., took heat over her handling…

President Levits has no other option but to promulgate tax cut on strong alcohol due to bill’s urgency

Thursday, July 11, 2019

President Egils Levits has no other option but to promulgate the legislative amendment reducing excise tax on alcohol by 15 percent because Saiema has decided to adopt the bill in a fast-track procedure. Dina Meistere, head of the Saeima Legal Office, told LETA that since the parliament has assigned the bill urgency status by at least two thirds of votes, the president cannot request reconsideration of the bill and has…

Hong Kong leader says extradition bill is ‘dead’ but doesn’t formally withdraw it

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Protest leaders on Tuesday continued their calls for the bill to be formally withdrawn from the legislative agenda and for an independent investigation into clashes between police and demonstrators. Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong said Lam’s reassurance that the “bill is dead” is just “another ridiculous lie.” “The bill still exists in the ‘legislative programme’ until July next year,” Wong wrote in a series of posts on Twitter. “The…