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Senate-reform bill to be ready next week

Renzi wants regional governments' input

20 March, 10:57
Senate-reform bill to be ready next week (ANSA) - Rome, March 20 - Premier Matteo Renzi's government said Thursday that it will have a bill on reforming the Senate, stripping its lawmaking powers and turning it into a leaner assembly of local-government representatives, ready next week.

"The government intends to conclude a text on the reform next week," said a government statement after a meeting with the country's regional administrations.

The bill will also include changes to Article V of the Constitution to scrap Italy's provincial administrations and take back some powers from the country's regional governments, many of which are guilty of overspending.

The aim of the reforms is to make it easier to pass legislation, and therefore govern Italy, and to reduce the huge cost of the country's political apparatus.

The statement added that Renzi had asked the conference of Italy's regional governments to make a "contribution" in drafting the measures as they are "protagonists of the process of transformation the Senate and reform of Article V".