Saturday, September 30

The Plenary of the Debate of the State of the Nation will include the express reform of the Judicial Power and the Law of Memory

The plenary session of Congress next week, which will host the first Debate on the State of the Nation in seven years, will also include several relevant debates about laws promoted by the Government. Among them, the express reform of the Judiciary or the approval of the Democratic Memory Law and the validation of the anti-crisis decree. This was decided this Wednesday by the Board of Spokespersons, which met at 12:30 in the Lower House.

The Government promotes a legal reform to unblock the renewal of the Constitutional in July

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The debate will begin on Tuesday 12 with the intervention of the President of the Executive, Pedro Sánchez, which will take place at 12:00. At 4:00 p.m. it will be the turn of the PP and, then, the rest of the parliamentary groups will intervene from highest to lowest that same afternoon and on Wednesday. Between these interventions, Sánchez will be able to take the floor whenever he wants to respond to the rest of the spokespersons, although the usual thing is that he does so after each one of them. The groups will have 30 minutes for the initial intervention and 10 minutes for the reply.

On Wednesday, June 13, the session will begin at 9:00 a.m. with the intervention of the remaining groups. Once the debate is over, there will be a period of 30 minutes for the groups to present their resolution proposals. Each group may present a maximum of 15 resolution proposals, which may not be voted on by points.

Also after the conclusion of the debate on the state of the nation, the debate on the issues included on the agenda for that day will continue. On Wednesday, it is expected that the PSOE’s bill will be taken into consideration to modify the Organic Law of the Judiciary that will allow the General Council of the Judiciary (CGPJ) to renew two of the four magistrates of the Constitutional Court, whose mandate expired last 12 of June.

It is about the modification of a simple article of the law of the Judicial Power, the 570 bis of the LO 6/1985, and the same Wednesday will vote if it is processed urgently and in a single reading to unlock the renewal of the TC of immediately, as proposed by the Government. If so, the amendment by single reading will be voted on Thursday.

Resolution proposals

According to the agenda approved by the Board of spokespersons, the new Democratic Memory Law and the validation of the last anti-crisis decree that the Government plans to carry out with its usual partners will also be debated and voted on Thursday, although ERC is still reluctant to support the first –it requires a reform of the Amnesty Law that still does not contemplate the text approved in the Constitutional Commission–, the Executive would have sufficient support from the rest of the allies.

After the corresponding debate and vote, the Table will meet to qualify the proposed resolutions presented to the Debate on the State of the Nation. In addition, the table will open a new term for the presentation of amendments to said proposals. On Thursday, July 14, the Table will meet at 9:00 a.m. to qualify the amendments presented and the Board of Spokespersons at 9:30 a.m. to order the debate on the proposed resolutions.

At 10:00 a.m. the plenary session will resume for the debate of the resolution proposals, in which each group will intervene from smallest to largest for a time of 15 minutes. Once the debate on the resolution proposals has finished, the rest of the items on the agenda will continue.

Voting on Thursday 14 will take place in two parts. First, the amendments in relation to the Law of Memory and the reform of the Judiciary will be voted on when the debate in the Plenary corresponding to these points ends. The rest of the matters included in the agenda will be voted in person at the end of the session.