The Riigikogu concluded the first reading of the Bill on Amendments to the Penal Code (225 SE), initiated by the Legal Affairs Committee. The purpose of the Bill is to criminalise systematic small theft. Pursuant to the amendment, systematic theft is punishable by a fine or up to five years’ imprisonment. Small thefts are regarded as misdemeanours in the provisions currently in force. The Bill has the objective of influencing the behaviour of persons who repeatedly and intentionally commit small thefts and whose activities pose a threat to the society and fellow citizens. The primary focus is on preventing thefts from shops. The Bill was sent to the second reading.
The first reading of the Bill on Amendments to § 90 of the Electronic Communications Act (216 SE), initiated by the Cultural Affairs Committee, was concluded. The amendments are intended to establish equal treatment of all consumers. The opportunity is created for end users to access television programmes of the Estonian public law broadcasting organisation in other communications networks besides the cable network. The Bill was sent to the second reading.
The first reading of the Bill on Amendments to the Health Care Services Organisation Act (209 SE), initiated by the Estonian Centre Party Faction, was concluded. The purpose of the Bill is to relieve the shortage of doctors by granting final year medical students the right to work as an assistant doctor under the supervision and responsibility of a specialist doctor. The Bill was sent to the second reading.
The Riigikogu Press Service