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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law [MPECCoL]

Legislative Procedure

Elena Vodyanitskaya

Subject(s):
Legislative power — Extraordinary legislative sessions — Initiation of general legislation — Legislative rules and restrictions

Published under the direction of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law.
General Editors: Rainer Grote, Frauke Lachenmann, Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1. Legislative procedure is usually defined as a series of actions by means of which laws are considered and adopted, ie the process of discussion, adoption, and publication of laws. The legislative process includes several mandatory stages which are important and follow in a certain sequence. Only the completion of one stage makes it possible to proceed to the next one. All stages are formalized, and all rights and obligations of participants are fixed by constitutional provisions (Rakitskaya 154)—see, for example, Articles 39–48 of the Constitution of the French...
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