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Jakarta Post

House lists 33 priority bills for 2021. But can it really get them done?

  • Marchio Irfan Gorbiano

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, March 26, 2021   /  05:09 pm
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A few dozen House of Representatives lawmakers attend a plenary session on March 8, 2021 at the Senayan legislative complex in Jakarta. The 2019-2024 legislature has a total of 575 members.(Antara/Galih Pradipta)

The House of Representatives has only about seven months this year to deliberate dozens of priority bills, including the long-awaited bills on data protection and sexual violence, as well as a relatively new proposed bill on developing the nation's new capital city in Kalimantan. The House has listed a total of 33 priority bills in the 2021 National Legislation Program (Prolegnas), which was approved in a plenary session on Tuesday. The legislature had failed to finalize the list during its previous session that ended early last month, due to objections over a proposed bill to split and move the 2024 simultaneous regional elections to 2022 and 2023. Lawmakers agreed to remove the proposed regional elections bill from the priority list in favor of the government, which insisted on reevaluating the elections schedule only after the 2024 polls had taken place. More than half of...