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House panel continues debate over ‘local administration’ bill

House to start extraordinary session proper on Wednesday

Member of the committee, Ali Al-Tarawneh, said that the panel began approving the articles of the law last Wednesday, and will continue its discussions ahead of forwarding the version of the law to th
Member of the committee, Ali Al-Tarawneh, said that the panel began approving the articles of the law last Wednesday, and will continue its discussions ahead of forwarding the version of the law to the House. (Photo: Jordan News)
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AMMAN — The joint parliamentary “legal and administrative” committee continued its meetings on Sunday to discuss the municipalities and decentralization bill for the year 2021, which was included on the agenda of the Parliament’s extraordinary session which began Sunday.اضافة اعلان

Member of the committee, Ali Al-Tarawneh, said that the panel began approving the articles of the law last Wednesday, and will continue its discussions ahead of forwarding the version of the law to the House.

He said there is no specific date for the MPS to launch the debate on the law, which is considered part of political reform package, adding that the panel is taking its time to discuss every article and give it enough time before it is finally approved, having in mind that the extraordinary session has a limited timeframe.

According to Tarawneh, the first and second articles of the bill were approved. The first sets the name of the bill which was changed by the committee to “The Local Administration Law” instead of “The Municipalities and Decentralization Law”.

The second article is related to definitions, which were approved.

The panel has been meeting with all actors who have stakes in the local governance, including municipal figures, political party leaders and activists.

Observers look at the decentralization experience as “successful on paper, failed on the ground”. Stakeholders started to call for amendments to the relevant legislation to remedy the situation. A 2019 academic research paper concluded that “as a result, Jordan's local administration essentially remains dependent on the local arms of centralized power.”  

The extraordinary session officially started Sunday but the lawmakers will start actual business on Wednesday to handle 11 pieces of legislation, including the Supplementary Draft Budget Law for the fiscal year 2021, a draft law amending Companies Law, Draft Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing Law, Draft Law amending the Integrity and Anti-Corruption Law, Labor Law amendments and changes to the Illicit Gains Law, among others.

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