The state Duma has found a way to employ former members

United Russia Deputy Dmitry Vyatkin in the Duma introduced a bill repealing the residency requirement for those candidates in senators who in the past represented the corresponding region in the Federation Council and the state Duma.

The current version of the law on the procedure of forming the Federation Council suggests that a candidate for Senator can become a person who “has an impeccable reputation and permanently residing in the region, which he wants to submit, within the five years preceding the nomination, or within 20 years in the aggregate.

In 2014, a law was passed by which the residency requirement has ceased to apply to existing senators and deputies. After that, the upper house was able to pass several state Duma deputies domiciled in the regions: Rostislav Goldstein, Elena Mizulina, Nikolay Bulaev, Galina Karelova, Yekaterina Lakhova, Vyacheslav Timchenko and others.

Vyatkin proposed to extend this exclusion to ex-deputies and ex-senators from the region. “We went on, that makes sense,” Vyatkin explained the need for the introduction of the bill.

The amendments will allow in the future to circumvent the provision on the residency requirement to those deputies who will not get to the Duma after the elections in September 2016. Vyatkin says that his amendment was not prompted by the need immediately to employ such deputies: in 2016 they can so as to existing members to enter the three senatorial candidates from the head of the region. As for the nomination for Senator from the legislature of the region must be a member of this body, he added.

United Russia also proposed not to extend the residency requirement for those who occupy or replace posts of Federal state civil service in the respective region together for five years before nomination. This refers to the territorial divisions of Federal departments, e.g., FAS, or the staff of the Embassy, said Vyatkin. Now the same exception is made for law enforcement officers, diplomats and ambassadors, state and municipal employees in the region.

Vyatkin expects that the bill will be generally adopted in this session.