Parliament faces a key agenda in the last working week of the year

Parliament faces a key agenda in the last working week of the year
December 11, 2023 – 12:51

Political parties will try to impose their different projects so that they are not postponed during the election year.

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He Parliament of Uruguay will face the last week of exercise before beginning the recess until February of next year marked by several projects that already have a half sanction and that would try to impose themselves on the agenda so as not to be postponed for a electoral period.

So far this year, according to data from the parliamentary studies program of the Faculty of Social Sciencesuntil October 31 of this year Parliament approved 93 laws, while in the last four years 344 were approved. However, of that total 53%, that is, 185, were administrative matters, ex-gratia pensions, international treaties and authorizations to Armed forces. Meanwhile, 75% of the total laws approved were submitted by the Executive power.

In this context, the different political parties that make up the Parliament, They should try to impose their projects on the agenda of the last week of activity since from the 15th of this month until March 1 of next year there will be no activity. Added to this is the fact that Uruguay will face an electoral year where some projects could be relegated due to the importance of the elections.

Some projects to consider

Among the most notable proposals of the National Party There are the law on financing political parties, the law on usury and the law on euthanasia. The first obtained the approval of Deputies at the end of November and will return to the Senate to ratify the changes introduced in the Low camera and finish resolving differences over electoral advertising.

This is the most important advance that a project that revolves around clear rules of financing of political parties During the electoral campaigns he served in two terms. And he will pass to the Senate with votes from all parties, as was sought from the beginning.

The regulations include, among other things, the mandatory banking of all contributions greater than 7 thousand Indexed Units (UI), limits for the contributions that each candidate can make to their campaign, an article that empowers the Executive power to the fact that votes for municipalities also entail a payment from the State and another that authorizes up to almost tripling the amount that the State can currently give per vote for mayor — going from 13 UI to 35.

Meanwhile, the usury law obtained half penalty of Deputies at the beginning of this month. Its objective is to modify the usury law of the first government of the Wide Front and that imposes a limit on interest rates in the credits granted by banks and financial institutions in Uruguay.

The project had been shelved for more than three years and was a surprise to many leaders, including those of Town meeting who, despite supporting the proposal, assured that they were struck by the “express” way in which it was unarchived. The proposal hopes to be approved in the Senate.

Lastly, the euthanasia law It would not seem to have much future this week due to its controversial nature that required much debate within Parliament. Despite having received approval from the Low camera At the beginning of October, the initiative is in the discussion stages in the Health Commission, Therefore, it would not seem to have a chance to advance the agenda of the last week of legislative activity.

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