Wednesday, January 20

After the Celaá law, the Government finalizes more emblematic laws for 2021

View of the Chamber of the Congress of Deputies

View of the Chamber of the Congress of Deputies

Once the Celaá law is definitively approved, the Government has other emblematic legislative projects in portfolio, waiting to be delivered to Congress for parliamentary processing in the next session, as the Democratic Memory Law or the law against sexual crimes.

There are also other important initiatives that have emerged from the parliamentary groups, bills that have originally had the endorsement of the coalition government parties, whose approval by the Cortes is expected in the coming months.

It is the case of the Euthanasia Law, in the final stretch for ratification by the Senate, or the reform of the regulations governing the General Council of the Judiciary (CGPJ) designed to prevent this body from making appointments while it is in office, already in the amendment phase in the Congress Justice Commission.

With this legal modification, the Executive pressures the PP, through the PSOE and United We Can parliamentary groups, to agree to agree to the renewal of the governing body of judges and magistrates, while leaving parked another previous proposal which proposes to circumvent the blockade of the popular by reducing the majority necessary to elect part of the members of the Council.

The Democratic Memory Law, whose draft has passed the public hearing process, is waiting for the Council of Ministers to approve it as a bill to be sent to Congress with the idea that it will come into effect before the summer. The budgets have already included items worth 11.3 million euros that will make it possible to apply their forecasts for the exhumation of victims of the Civil War and the Dictatorship or the creation of a national DNA bank, among other measures.

From the Ministry of Equality, the Organic Law of Comprehensive Guarantee of Sexual Freedom or law of “only yes is yes” It also awaits the opinion of the CGPJ for its next approval by the Executive as a bill. This Department is also preparing a new Law of Equality for trans people, with its draft already advanced, and plans a Equality law for LGTBI people, as well as a reform of the Abortion Law, which will have its course for later.

It remains to be seen how the Executive will modify the crimes of rebellion and sedition in the Penal Code, some very controversial changes and of maximum political relevance due to the repercussion it may have on the situation of the independentists convicted of sedition in relation to the impulse of the Catalan sovereignist “procés”.

In addition, the Minister of Justice, Juan Carlos Campo, has announced that this normative modification will include the reinforcement of the crime of disobedience to the Constitutional Court. Another rule in the absence of a green light from the Government to start its parliamentary journey is the draft of the new Audiovisual Law that the Council of Ministers submitted to a public hearing last November.

In the Congress of Deputies, several initiatives arising from the coalition government, such as the Distance Work Act or the reform of the Food Chain law, await the resumption of parliamentary activity.

The Social Rights Commission processes the Organic Law for the Comprehensive Protection of Children and Adolescents, and the Ecological Transition Law has another of the most significant commitments of the Executive for this new stage in its hands, the Climate Change and Energy Transition Law.

Still subject to successive extensions of the deadlines for the presentation of partial amendments are the proposed organic law that will modify the so-called Gag Law or Law of Protection of Citizen Security, as well as the reform of the Law of Official Secrets, presented at the time by the PNV parliamentary group.

There are also eighty other initiatives signed by the groups of the Lower House on very diverse matters waiting for the plenary to debate their consideration, although they have fewer possibilities to move forward. It is more likely that the partial constitutional reform to which the Executive has committed to change article 49 of the Constitution will prosper so that all discrimination against persons with disabilities is prohibited and the word “handicapped” used in the Magna Carta since 1978 is eliminated.

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