The bill proposes to change the procedure for making the revisions to chapters 1, 2 and 9 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation, the terms of convocation and functioning of the constitutional Assembly, as well as the procedure for decision-making.
MOSCOW, 1 Dec. The state Duma meeting on Tuesday rejected in the first reading the draft law “On the constitutional Assembly”, which allows to change the three chapters of the basic law.
The authors of the bill are deputies Yevgeny Fyodorov and Anton Romanov. According to the explanatory note, the draft law defines the procedure for making the revisions to chapters 1, 2 and 9 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation, the procedure of convening and functioning of the constitutional Assembly, as well as the procedure of decision-making, including the draft of the new Constitution of the Russian Federation. Under the bill, the decision to convene a constitutional Assembly is made by the President, if the proposed revision of chapters 1, 2 and 9 of the Constitution supported by a three-fifths vote of the total number of Federation Council members and state Duma deputies.
MPs in the bill propose to include in the composition of a constitutional Assembly on the head of a representative body of settlement, municipal area, city district or intracity territory of cities of Federal significance in Russia. The Chairman of the constitutional Assembly, according to the bill, becomes the President of the country. Thus according to the proposal of the President of the General meeting from the representative body of a town with a population of over 100 thousand people can be included up to five members of such representative body, which selects representatives to the constitutional Assembly by a simple majority.
The bill States that the right of members of a constitutional Assembly to draft a new Constitution is realized by submitting to the President proposals on the drafting of a new Constitution in case of conducting preliminary public hearings on the adoption of the constitutional project in the settlements, municipal areas, city district or intracity territory of cities of Federal importance, whose representative he is.
Of the state Duma Committee on constitutional legislation and state construction previously gave a negative opinion on the draft law, stating that Federal constitutional law “On the constitutional Assembly of the Russian Federation” should be accepted only if we are talking about the necessity of drafting a new Constitution of the Russian Federation.