300th session of Senate to start on July 13 | Pakistan Today

300th session of Senate to start on July 13

–House to consider two bills seeking increase in seats of Balochistan Assembly

ISLAMABAD: The 300th session of Senate will start on July 13 (Monday) as summoned by the president of Pakistan in the exercise of the power conferred by clause (1) of Article 54 of the Constitution.

A total of 46 items would be part of the agenda for July 13 which include reports of Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs about the Tax Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2020, and the Covid-19 (Prevention of Smuggling) Bill, 2020.

The House may consider and adopt the reports on these two bills following separate motions under Rule 130 (8) of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in Senate, 2012.

The agenda further includes 15 motions for the introduction of as many bills which may be presented in the House after the passage of the motions.

Five private members’ resolutions, a commenced motion under Rule 218 and five other motions under Rule 218 may be also considered by the House appearing in agenda.

The Senate has included two bills in its agenda for the sitting on July 13, seeking amendments in Articles 73 and 106 of the Constitution of Pakistan.

A total of seventeen lawmakers have sponsored the bill seeking amendment in Article 73 of the Constitution of regarding procedure with respect to Money Bill and its first sub-article states that notwithstanding anything contained in Article 70, a Money Bill shall originate in the National Assembly provided that simultaneously when a Money Bill, including the Finance Bill containing the Annual Budget Statement, is presented in the lower house, a copy thereof shall be transmitted to the Senate which may, within fourteen days, make recommendations thereon to the NA. The sub-article (1A) states that the NA shall consider the recommendations of the Senate and after the bill has been passed by the Assembly with or without incorporating the recommendations of the Senate, it shall be presented to the president for assent. The lawmakers sponsoring this bill have sought amendment in this article.

Another bill has sought amendment in Article 106 of the Constitution elaborating constitution of provincial assemblies and composition of seats in these legislatures. This bill sponsored by 20 lawmakers from Balochistan demands to increase the number of seats in provincial assembly of Balochistan from 65 to 80. The Standing Committee on Law and Justice has presented a report on this bill during last session which recommended to increase the number of seats in Balochistan Assembly.

A bill seeking raise in number of benches of high court is also part of agenda. This bill seeking amendment in article 198 of the constitution is sponsored by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) lawmaker Javed Abbassi and has been pending for the last several sessions.