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Jakarta Post

DPD seeks more authority in lawmaking

  • Ridwan Max Sijabat

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, November 7 2012   /  09:23 am

The Regional Representative Council’s (DPD) struggle for stronger lawmaking authority continues, with its members pledging to produce more legislation to promote the interests of people and regional areas, if granted the authority.

Currently, the lawmaking process is jointly carried out by the House of Representatives and the government. The DPD is given the authority to provide input but not play a role in any of the bill’s deliberations.

Laode Ida and Gusti Kanjeng Ratu Hemas, both deputy DPD speakers, said the legislation and policies relating to regional issues would be of a better quality should DPD members be given a bigger role in the lawmaking process.

During a round table discussion in Denpasar, Bali, over the weekend, Laode criticized the current law-making process taking place at the House without the involvement of DPD members.

According to him...