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15 OCTOBER 2019

XIII LEGISLATURE

Dictionary of terms

General terms

Legislative procedure.

Succession of parliamentary acts required for the House to approve a law when exercising legislative power. The elements required are publicity, the possibility of proposing amendments (about the whole bill or specific sections or wording), contradictory debate and ballot. It is carried out through different bodies: Reporting Body, Committee and Plenary Sitting. In the Senate, the legislative procedure takes place within a period of two months, which is shortened to twenty calendar days in emergency situations (section 90 of the Constitution).

Legislative procedure for a competence delegated to a Committee.

Special legislative procedure which entails eliminating the need for the Plenary Sitting to give final approval. Section 75.3 of the Constitution stipulates that this cannot be used for certain matters. In the Senate, the Plenary Sitting makes the decision to use this procedure. If a veto motion is approved within a Committee, the Plenary Sitting must ratify or reject it.

Legislative reporting body.

Functional body created within a legislative Committee, made up of representatives of Parliamentary Groups, with a view to reporting on legislative texts. In general, in the Senate, it has fifteen days to issue its report following the deadline for the presentation of amendments.

Legislature.

Period of time for which a Parliament is elected or the duration of the mandate enjoyed by the members of a House. In the Congress of Deputies and the Senate, the Legislature concludes the moment the Houses are dissolved and, in all cases, four years after the date of the general elections.