Home News The Senate gives a parliamentary tour of the amnesty and has until May 16 to process it

The Senate gives a parliamentary tour of the amnesty and has until May 16 to process it

The Senate gives a parliamentary tour of the amnesty and has until May 16 to process it

The meeting of the Senate Board this Tuesday served to admit the amnesty law to processing, although it was done with a lot of controversy because there are doubts about what the members of the PSOE voted for. The Senate Board is made up of four members of the PP and three of the PSOE and votes on the admission of all parliamentary initiatives to processing. In this case, the admission to processing of the amnesty had to be voted on and the four members of the PP voted in favor, but they did so by including in the text of the admission to processing a fragment that records the doubts about constitutionality. of the law, something that members of the PSOE have opposed, as expected.

In this sense, right now there are discrepancies about what the three socialist members have voted for: according to PSOE sources, they have not voted; On the other hand, according to popular sources they have voted, but against. At this point, it is worth remembering that the Senate Lawyers had warned of the “constitutional duty” to admit for processing the initiatives that come from Congress: otherwise, the members of the Board would face a potential crime of prevarication. In this case, it would not be applicable because the amnesty has been accepted for processing with the votes of the PP.

Each parliamentary initiative that is debated and voted on at the meeting of the Congress or Senate Board comes in the form of an agreement proposal. In this case, with the amnesty, the proposed agreement is a seven-page document that includes the following sentence: “The doubts about its constitutionality, noted in the reports of the General Secretariat, are expressly stated in this act of admission for processing. of the Senate”. The General Secretariat of the Senate has prepared two reports: one assesses the content of the law, which concludes that it is unconstitutional; In another, he recommends that the Senate admit it for processing.

The PSOE considers that this fragment about doubts about the constitutionality of the law should not appear, but should have been included annexed to the Lawyers’ reports. In this way, the PSOE would avoid supporting a document that is recognizing that its amnesty law is unconstitutional: that is, it would be contradicting itself.

In any case, the parliamentary procedure in the Senate is underway and will have until May 16: it will be processed through the Justice and Constitutional Commission. After May 16, it will return to Congress for final approval and entry into force.