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State Duma to focus on fulfillment of presidential state-of-nation address in spring

January 14, 2014, 19:07 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, January 14. /ITAR-TASS/. State Duma lower house of parliament has approved a programme of lawmaking at a parliamentary spring session on Tuesday.

“Fulfilment of the provisions of the latest Russian presidential state-of-nation address to the Federal Assembly was and remains one of top priorities for the State Duma,” First Vice-Speaker of the lower house Alexander Zhukov noted.

He recalled that an inter-faction working group had been formed more than a year ago to orchestrate this trend of parliamentary activity. “A draft plan of measures is being developed to fulfil the provisions of the Russian presidential state-of-nation address delivered on December 12, 2013, which will be discussed at a next meeting of the working group,” Zhukov added.

Presently a draft programme of lawmaking by the parliamentary committees at a spring session in 2014 includes 709 bills, including 11 presidential initiatives, 94 governmental initiatives, 42 - from Federation Council upper house of parliament and its members, 190 - from regional legislative authorities, 371 - from deputies of the State Duma and one motion from the Russian Supreme Court.

The bills on the merger of the supreme courts in Russia, State Duma election and amendments in the Criminal Code fighting terrorism and extremism are among them, the first vice-speaker said.

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