Minister of Economic Affairs and Communications Edgar Savisaar made a political statement before the Riigikogu, according to which he had rejected the Advertising Bill (717 SE), initiated by the Government of the Republic, from the legislative proceeding. In the words of the Minister of Economic Affairs and Communications the Advertising Bill has considerably changed in the course of the legislative proceeding and is not in conformity with the anti-alcohol policy. Thus the named Bill was withdrawn from the agenda of the sitting on Wednesday, 24 January.
The second reading of the Bill on Amendments to the Natural Gas Act (1013 SE), initiated by the Government of the Republic, was concluded. The title of the Bill was amended during the second reading: the Bill on Amendments to the Natural Gas Act and District Heating Act was sent to the third reading.
On the motion of the Constitutional Committee as the leading committee the first reading of the Bill on Amendments to the Permanently Populated Small Islands Act, State Public Servants Official Titles and Salary Scale Act (1081 SE), initiated by Members of the Riigikogu Imre Sooäär, Jüri Saar, Trivimi Velliste, Avo Üprus and Mark Soosaar, was concluded. The purpose of the Act is to restore a viable permanent population on the small islands of Estonia: the amendments to the Act are aimed at the increase of participatory democracy, the creation of new national jobs and, in case of some particular islands, to leave land properties in public or co-operative acquisition.
The Riigikogu did not pass the Resolution On Making a Proposal to the Government of the Republic (1034 OE), submitted by the Isamaaliit Faction and Res Publica Faction, the purpose of which was to initiate the conclusion of the building lease agreement encumbering the immovable of Sakala Centre. 45 members of the Riigikogu voted against the Resolution and 22 in favour of it, nobody abstained.
On the motion of the Constitutional Committee as the leading committee, the Bill on Amendments to the Persons Repressed by Occupying Powers Act (1062 SE), initiated by the Res Publica Faction and Isamaaliit Faction, was rejected at the first reading. 40 members of the Riigikogu voted in favour of the Act and 14 against the Act, nobody abstained. The Bill was withdrawn from legislative proceeding.
See the verbatim record (in Estonian): http://web.riigikogu.ee/ems/plsql/stenograms.form
The Riigikogu Press Service
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