State Duma: Quality First

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The State Duma has adopted the amendments to its Charter concerning the legislative procedure. First, the single “voting hour” has been abandoned. Now the decisions on all bills will be made by the deputies immediately after discussions at the plenary sessions. Second, voting for a bill at second and third readings simultaneously becomes an exceptional practice – if before deputies could suggest it, now this decision can be made only by the Council of the State Duma in response to a well-founded suggestion of the responsible committee.