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March 28th, 2018

Legislative Newsletter - Edition 084

The possible beginning of the legislative year

The Congress highlight this week is in the Chamber of Deputies due to the possibility of Permanent Committee installation. If the installation happens before the end of the deadline for party shift.

Legislative Newsletter - Edition 084

The Congress highlight this week is in the Chamber of Deputies due to the possibility of Permanent Committee installation. If the installation happens before the end of the deadline for party shift, it may modify the party proportion in each Commission. However, if the Committees are installed with the current ratio, and if after April the 7th (party shift deadline) the ratio changes, the leaderships will discuss a resolution to modify the Committee presidencies dispositions.
 
It is important to underscore the Committees significance to bill processing. The Scope of those Committees includes Public Hearings and Deliberative meetings that instructs the future of these Bills.
 
Albeit, due to Easter holyday on Friday, the 1st, both Legislative Houses are expected to be short on work. That might affect the Committee Installation in both Houses, impairing Bill deliberation on the Higher and Lower House Plenaries.
 
On the Lower House agenda, the highlight is the possible deliberation on the Bill that diminishes sectorial range for debt payment benefits (PL 8456/2017). The vote can take place on Plenary session once its process has changed from ordinary to urgent. That exempts the Bill from a Special Commission report. According to the Bill content, the following industry segments will face tax contribution raise: information technology; Call Centers; Hotels; Retail Business; Textile, Shoe and Car Industries. Those industry segments will contribute with 20% raise on tax, 90 days after the Bill is published, when approved.
 
On the other hand, the Plenary agenda in the Higher House is very short, but the emphasis are on the alteration of the Criminal Law on lawbreaking that comprehend qualified theft involving explosives and robbery using gunfire or resulting on severe bodily injury (PLS 149/2015). In addition, there is the Bill that stablishes competence to the Electoral Justice Court to adjudicate on processes that validity interparty acts (PLS 181/2017).
 
On the Committees meetings, we highlight the Public Hearing on the Committee of Economic Affairs, this Tuesday, 27th, thatwill count with the presence of Minister-Chief of Staff, Mr. Eliseu Padilha. The minister will report on the actions taken by the Executive Power that effect the productivity agenda and the enhancement of business environment.
 
Finally, we point out the Mixt Committees that analyses the provisional Measures edited by the Government. MP 810/2017 that benefits Technology Companies; MP 811/2017 that authorizes public companies to sell the Union pre-salt oil; MP 812/2017 that edit interest tax rates for regional development constitutional funds; MP 814/2017 the selling of Eletrobrás; MP 818/2018 that extends the deadline for integrated urban development; MP 819/2018 that authorizes the Union donation for Palestina’s Church restauration.