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On the motion of the Constitutional Committee, the second reading of the Bill on Amendments to the President of the Republic Election Act and the Local Government Organisation Act (776 SE), initiated by the Estonian Reform Party Faction, the Pro Patria and Res Publica Union Faction, the Estonian Green Party Faction and the Social Democratic Party Faction, was concluded. The Bill specifies the procedure for election of representatives of the local government councils to the electoral body who elects the President. According to the Bill, representatives are elected in the council in one round of voting and each member of the council has one vote. The candidate or candidates who receive the greatest number of votes are elected. The Bill was sent to the third reading.

On the motion of the Social Affairs Committee, the Bill on Amendments to the Parental Benefit Act and the State Family Benefits Act (785 SE), initiated by the Social Democratic Party Faction and Members of the Riigikogu Karel Rüütli, Jaanus Marrandi and Jaan Õunapuu, was rejected at the first reading. 44 members of the Riigikogu voted in favour of the motion of the Committee and 15 members voted against, nobody abstained. Thus, the Bill was dropped from the legislative proceeding.
 
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