The state Duma at the meeting on 21 October adopted amendments to its rules that deny MPs the opportunity to vote instead of their colleagues in the proxy in connection with absence at the meeting of the lower house, its Committee or Commission.

These amendments were prepared by the Duma United Russia with the filing of the newly-minted speaker of the lower chamber Vyacheslav Volodin. According to him, the voter in the last election to the lower house voted for a particular MP, thereby entrusting to him the right to personally represent their interests in Parliament. Therefore, according to Volodin, a Deputy must be personally present in the plenary hall and participate in decision-making, reports “Echo of Moscow”.

From now on is solely the personal vote, and absent for a valid reason, the member can Express their position in a statement addressed to the Chairman of the state Duma, which is reflected in the transcript, said at the meeting on 21 October one of the authors of the amendments, the Deputy speaker of the lower house and the Secretary of the General Council “United Russia” Sergei Neverov.

He said that valid reasons are considered to be temporary disability, the direction of the outside of the Russian Federation in the official parliamentary delegation, official visit of Deputy to the head of the faction, and for the house leadership – the exercise of the powers of the members of the Council of the Duma outside the chamber (the state Council meeting, security Council), transfers TASS.

The same order is proposed to be installed for the meetings of the committees and commissions, said Neverov.

Simultaneously the state Duma has amended the regulations amending the voting procedure. Now, in the traditional hour of the vote after 17:00 will be considered bills of law and draft resolutions recommended for rejection. The vote on the documents that are supported by the relevant committees, will take place immediately following the discussion.

Volodin also said earlier that the state Duma will discuss the introduction of financial responsibility of Parliament for absenteeism. According to him, we will focus on the possible amendments to the Federal law, to make deductions from the salaries of MPs-truants.

Shirkers and “ordinary”

The theme of irregular attendance of meetings of the lower chamber of deputies has been raised repeatedly in years past. Especially actively it is being discussed in the campaign against truants in the state Duma in 2010, when the President was Dmitry Medvedev. Then he was subjected to sharp criticism of deputies, who skipped a meeting of the state Duma and proposed to amend the legislation to parliamentarians “walking in another place.”

In the summer of that year, the state Duma adopted amendments to the law “On the status member of the Federation Council and the status of the Deputy of the state Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation”, which obliged the deputies and senators to attend plenary meetings”.

A year earlier, the media has been talking about the fact that the deputies of the state Duma mass skipping session of the lower house, and the state channels show using archive footagein which the room is full, not to discredit the people’s representatives.

In order to break a quorum, absentees were given their cards to colleagues on fraction, and, during the time of the vote had to run through the rows and push the buttons is missing. Deputies with the bundles of other people’s voting cards called “ordinary”.

The state Duma has forbidden to itself to press the buttons for colleagues 21.10.2016

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