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MOSCOW, December 23./ITAR-TASS/.The State Duma lower house of Russia’s parliament must make a quality transition to a new level of lawmaking policy, lower house speaker Sergei Naryshkin said on Monday.
“We simply must make a quality transition to a new level of lawmaking policy - as a most important element in the building of a truly law-governed state,” he said, summarizing the results of the Duma autumn session.
The speaker admitted that “it is not easy.” “I know all the difficulties, pitfalls and customs of the many-year parliamentary and political practice,” the politician said. “They manifest themselves at all stages of lawmaking work, including the planning.”
Naryshkin is certain that Duma’s plans should now be prepared and formed in a different way. “With stricter adherences to the deadlines and paying more attention to the public opinion,” he said, adding, “with clear understanding of the national priorities and strict observance of our own rules of procedure.” “First of all - their Article 50, which, among others, contains the list of reasons for recognizing the submitted bills as of top priority,” the speaker specified, adding that “it is a closed list.” “It cannot be expanded,” Naryshkin added.
The Duma speaker also expressed confidence that the “issues of correlation of politics and law - the same as law and morality - should be reflected in the next report on the state of the Russian legislation.” The first such report was prepared for the anniversary of the RF Constitution and Russian parliamentarianism.
“If we want to get rid of law nihilism, then the level of public morality and conduct of all public officers, including parliamentarians, should be simply irreproachable,” Naryshkin stressed. “And if we want to live in a law-governed state, the rule of law should become a key determinant of the state policy in general,” he said.
“We must make a quality transition in lawmaking. However, this requires high professionalism, readiness for inter-faction dialogue and also firm ethical standards. The ethics of conduct is also an important factor here,” the politician stresse