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LAW OF THE REPUBLIC OF BELARUS

of November 26, 2003 No. 248-Z

About procedure for realization of power to initiate legislation by citizens of the Republic of Belarus

(as amended on 04-06-2015)

Accepted by the House of Representatives on October 23, 2003

Approved by Council of the Republic on November 12, 2003

This Law determines the principles, forms, guarantees, procedure and sales terms of power to initiate legislation citizens of the Republic of Belarus.

Chapter 1. General provisions

Article 1. Power to initiate legislation of citizens of the Republic of Belarus

1. According to the Constitution of the Republic of Belarus the power to initiate legislation belongs to the citizens of the Republic of Belarus having the voting rights (further - citizens), in number of at least 50 thousand people.

2. The power to initiate legislation about modification and amendments in the Constitution of the Republic of Belarus, about interpretation of the Constitution of the Republic of Belarus belongs to at least than 150 thousand citizens.

Article 2. Content of power to initiate legislation of citizens

The power to initiate legislation of citizens means the right guaranteed by the Constitution of the Republic of Belarus to bring in the House of Representatives of National assembly of the Republic of Belarus (further - the House of Representatives) the drafts of the laws which are subject to obligatory consideration by the House of Representatives according to the procedure, established by the legislation of the Republic of Belarus.

Article 3. Legal basis of realization of power to initiate legislation of citizens

The legal basis of realization of power to initiate legislation of citizens is constituted by the Constitution of the Republic of Belarus, this Law and other acts of the legislation of the Republic of Belarus, the resolution of the Central commission of the Republic of Belarus at elections and holding republican referenda (further - the Central commission).

Article 4. Principles of realization of power to initiate legislation of citizens

The power to initiate legislation is exercised by citizens freely. The citizen personally solves, whether to participate to him in realization of power to initiate legislation. Nobody has the right to interfere with legal implementation by citizens of power to initiate legislation, to limit it or to force to realization of this right.

Article 5. Forms of realization of power to initiate legislation of citizens

The power to initiate legislation is exercised by citizens by means of entering into the House of Representatives of drafts of the laws:

about modification and amendments in the Constitution of the Republic of Belarus, about interpretation of the Constitution of the Republic of Belarus;

about modification or amendments in the laws of the Republic of Belarus, about recognition voided the laws of the Republic of Belarus;

about interpretation of the laws of the Republic of Belarus;

other drafts of the laws of the Republic of Belarus.

Article 6. Requirements to the bill offered by citizens according to the procedure of realization of power to initiate legislation

The bill offered by citizens according to the procedure of realization of power to initiate legislation (further - the bill) for the subsequent entering into the House of Representatives, shall correspond to the Constitution of the Republic of Belarus, requirements established by the Law of the Republic of Belarus of January 10, 2000 "About regulatory legal acts of the Republic of Belarus" (The national register of legal acts of the Republic of Belarus, 2000, No. 7, 2/136), and also to other legal acts of the Republic of Belarus.

Chapter 2. Education and registration of initiative group of citizens on realization of power to initiate legislation. Registration of the bill

Article 7. Formation of initiative group of citizens on realization of power to initiate legislation

1. The citizens proposing entering of the bill into the House of Representatives form initiative group of citizens on realization of power to initiate legislation (further - initiative group) in number of at least 100 people.

2. The initiative group is created for the purpose of petition for the proposal on entering of the bill into the House of Representatives, representations of interests of citizens by preparation, entering of the bill into the House of Representatives, its consideration in the House of Representatives, and also withdrawal of the bill from the House of Representatives.

Article 8. Appeal of initiative group to the Central commission

1. The initiative group files in the Central commission petition for registration of initiative group and the bill.

2. Are applied to the statement for registration of initiative group and the bill:

2.1. the protocol of meeting of initiative group on which the decision on education of group, election from its list of the chairman and the vice-chairman of group was made, areas, city of Minsk coordinators if petition is carried out in their territory, and also about entering of the bill into the House of Representatives;

2.2. the bill prepared according to requirements, the stipulated in Article 6 these Laws;

2.3. the list of the members of initiative group who were present at meeting, signed by the chairman and the secretary of meeting;

2.4. the list of the members of initiative group who agreed to participation in work of initiative group that shall be confirmed with their sign manuals.

3. In the list of members of initiative group surname, the name, middle name, birth date, the residence, series and passport number or details of the identity certificate of each member of initiative group replacing it are entered.

4. The meeting of initiative group is competent if more than a half of structure of initiative group participated in it.

5. Decisions of meeting of initiative group are made by a majority vote his participants, except for case, stipulated in Item 3 articles 23 of this Law.

Article 9. Registration of initiative group and bill

1. The central commission based on the documents specified in subitems 2. 1, 2.3, 2.4 of Item 2 of article 8 of this Law, is checked in a month by observance of procedure for formation of initiative group.

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