(ANSA) - Rome, March 28 - Premier Matteo Renzi on Friday
told his centre-left Democratic Party (PD) that the government
will approve a bill to change the Constitution to reform the
Senate, stripping its lawmaking powers and turning it into a
leaner assembly of local-government representatives, at a
cabinet meeting on Monday.
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, which may take over a year to clear
parliament, is to make it easier to pass legislation, and
therefore govern Italy, and to reduce the huge cost of the
country's political apparatus.