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Smoking restriction in cars and other decisions the Saeima views this week

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUOn Thursday, 3 March, the Latvian parliament will view amendments to the Tobacco Product Turnover Law. These amendments provide a restriction to smoke inside cars and other vehicles. This draft, among other things, also provides for new requirements for cigarette packs.

Deputies will also decide on changes to the Saeima and European Parliament election laws, as well as Political Parties Law, providing that political parties that wish to participate in Saeima and European Parliament elections will have to have at least 500 members.

The parliament will also view amendments to the Law on the Procedures for Holding under Arrest. Amendments are meant to guarantee proper psychological care for people kept under arrest.

The Saeima will also view the legal draft on the approval of the ombudsman. Deputies have selected two possible candidates – the current ombudsman Juris Jansons and Riga Stradins University lecturer Ilze Berzina-Rukera.

The meeting of the parliament will also include the review of a collective project titled ‘For roads without pits’ and its future. This project asks the government to review the use of Road Tax money and the regulations regarding roads in Baltic States.

Saeima’s National Security Committee and Legal Affairs Committee have requested the parliament to add the review of amendments to the Criminal Law to the meeting’s agenda. These amendments are meant to provide measures to combat signs of hybrid wars.

Budget-Finance Committee has asked the Saeima to view the draft regarding the agreement to divide appropriations in order to provide support to parents who use babysitting services if municipalities are unable to provide their child or children with a place in a local kindergarten.

Mandate, Ethics and Submissions Committee has asked the parliament to add to the meeting’s agenda the draft regarding the parliament’s permission to continue the criminal case launched against 12th Saeima deputy Valdis Kalnozols.

Deputies will also have to decide on the future of two drafts developed by Saiema committees. The Social and Employment Matters Committee has submitted amendments to the State Pensions Law. These amendments provide for an increase of pension indexation in 2017.

In total, there are 18 matters on the agenda of the 3 March meeting of the Saeima.

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