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Parliament summoned to convene for extraordinary session on June 1

May 07,2014 - Last updated at May 07,2014

AMMAN — A Royal Decree was issued on Wednesday summoning Parliament to convene for an extraordinary session, to commence as of June 1 in order to endorse a list of 13 draft laws, along with the Lower House’s code of conduct. 

According to the Constitution, lawmakers can only debate bills that are listed in the Royal Decree during extraordinary sessions. 

The bills include draft laws on administrative justice, judiciary independence, the councils of non-Muslim religious sects, political parties and partnership between the public and the private sectors. 

They also include the income tax, investment, juveniles, and civil service pension bill, in addition to amended laws governing renewable energy and rationalising energy consumption, the Bar Association and the work of Al Amal Cancer Foundation. 

At a press conference that was held on Tuesday, Lower House Speaker Atef Tarawneh highlighted House achievements during its last ordinary session, which was prorogued by His Majesty King Abdullah as of May 3. 

He said that the House endorsed 34 laws in 56 meetings. The endorsed pieces of legislation included important bills such as the State Security Court, anti-terrorism, Anti-Corruption Commission and illicit fortune laws, in addition to the state budget.

The Lower House convened for its six-month ordinary session on November 3, 2013.

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