The First Chamber does not need to be asked for approval for new measures which will soon be subject to the Coronas Act. According to the Council of State, it is “unusual” that only the House of Representatives can vote out of proposals, but in this particular case it is “defensible.”
the beginning of next week, the Senate will be looking at the corona law replacing local emergency regulations. The law gives the measures a legal basis. An association of parties in the House of Representatives has rebuilt the law considerably, by making all kinds of proposals and adjustments. One of the most important changes is that the House of Representatives has to agree to a far-reaching measure, rather than after its introduction. Exceptions apply to emergencies.
Where the House of Representatives has to agree to such a ‘ministerial regulation’, the First Chamber does not have to. Minister Hugo de Jonge already indicated in an earlier debate on the Corona Law that he sees nothing in additional participation by the Senate. After all, the coronacrisis calls for hasty measures. The Council of State also states in its opinion that the crisis must be taken into account. An additional discussion with the First Chamber “may detract from the ability and speed that will be necessary in this situation.”
Politically, the emphasis is also placed on the House of Representatives, which retains sufficient participation, says the Council of State.
Debate The First Chamber will probably discuss the bill and the amendments proposed by the parties on Monday.
The Senate therefore also decides on his own role in this. It will be voted on Tuesday. Although the Senators had many questions to De Jonge before the start of the debate, it is expected that a majority of the First Chamber will agree to the bill.