At today’s sitting, the Riigikogu rejected the Bill that was intended to give the Government more flexible possibilities to take into account local specifics and needs upon merging local governments in the course of administrative reform.
The explanatory memorandum for the Bill on Amendments to the Administrative Reform Act (376 SE), initiated by the Estonian Free Party Faction, states that the Bill would help make the merger of local governments more reasonable and take into account local specifics.
Representative of the initiators of the Bill Jüri Adams explained that the Free Party did not like the Administrative Reform Act that is the basis for the ongoing administrative reform. “We think that it needs to be improved for practical purposes,” Adams said. He said that the Free Party’s idea was to give the Government more freedom to act.
Representative of the lead committee Helmut Hallemaa gave an overview of the discussion that had been held in the committee. He pointed out that, pursuant to the current Act, the Government has the right of discretion. Hallemaa said that the Constitutional Committee had proposed to reject the Bill at the first reading.
During the debate, Andres Herkel from the Free Party Faction and Inara Luigas from the Social Democratic Party Faction took the floor.
52 members of the Riigikogu voted in favour of the rejection of the Bill and 10 were against. Thus the Bill is dropped from the proceedings.
Verbatim record of the sitting (in Estonian) http://stenogrammid.riigikogu.ee/en/201703141000
Video recordings of the sittings of the Riigikogu can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/riigikogu (NB! The recording will be uploaded with a delay.)
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