Lower house speaker plans procedural changes to curb lobbying

02-01-2011

The speaker of the lower house of Parliament, Miroslava Němcová, would like to change the way bills are passed in the Chamber of Deputies, the news website idnes.cz reported on Sunday. All documents should be delivered to deputies in electronic formats, and any amendments would require a written approval by the bill’s sponsors. Also, only groups of deputies should be allowed to table amendments; MPs would then have longer periods of times before the final vote. The legislative process would last several weeks longer, but Ms Němcová said she hoped the planned change would curb lobbying in the lower house.