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House mulls carry-over mechanism for unfinished bills

  • Ghina Ghaliya

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Fri, September 6, 2019   /  12:37 pm
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A file photograph shows empty seats at the House of Representatives. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

The House of Representatives has initiated a bill to make the carry-over procedure for unfinished bills possible, which would allow the new lawmakers to continue deliberating them, preventing them from being relinquished.  Analysts have long criticized the absence of such a mechanism, as the deliberation of unfinished bills has had to go back to square one when new House members are inaugurated, resulting in poor legislative performance and wasteful budgetary spending.  Near the end of its five-year term on Oct. 1, the inauguration day of new House members, only four of 55 bills in the 2019 National Legislation Program (Prolegnas) had been passed into law: the Midwifery Law, the Printed, Recorded and Digital Works Law, the Hajj and Umrah Law and the Science and Technology System Law. Among the remaining bills, 30 have only entered the initial deliberation process, leav...