Posts tagged as Bill

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Protest leaders on Tuesday continued their calls for the bill to be formally withdrawn from the legislative agenda and for an independent investigation into clashes between police and demonstrators.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…

Bill lifting election campaigning restrictions ready for cabinet discussion

Monday, July 8, 2019

A bill aimed at removing the ban on outdoor pre-election political campaign advertising has been drafted by the justice ministry, Baltic News Service reports. Proponents of the bill say it more accurately reflects the present-day realities of elections in Estonia, compared with the existing legislation, which predates social media and some other developments. The bill, which would also lift restrictions on active election campaigning on polling day, is to be…

Tokyo approves bill in next step toward enactment of new Trans-Pacific Partnership

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

The Diet approved a bill Wednesday to ratify the 11-country Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership. The bill was adopted at a plenary session of the Upper House by a majority vote, with support mainly from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition partner Komeito. The Lower House passed the bill in May. The parliamentary approval is expected to help speed up related domestic procedures and add momentum…

Bill aiming to help young families with housing may be discriminatory

Friday, March 30, 2018

The Lithuanian Government’s endeavour to support young families through subsidising of their housing may hit a snag – the lawyers from the Parliament’s Law Committee warn that the enactment of the piece of legislation from July 1, 2018, as foreseen would discriminate against the couples living out of wedlock. Statistically, nearly half of Lithuanian couples cohabitate, i.e. opt not to tight the knot.