The Legislative Duma of Tomsk Oblast


Council of Public Initiatives of the Legislative Duma of Tomsk Oblast


This is an advisory, expert consultative body established to consider opinions of citizens and associations of citizens in the process of lawmaking. It is formed on the basis of voluntary participation of citizens of the Russian Federation, public associations and associations of non-profit organizations.
Over the period of its existence the Council has become a powerful instrument for providing public associations of Tomsk Oblast with information on the activity of the Legislative Duma. Tomsk Oblast public authorities, in their turn, begin to more and more frequently resort to information, intellectual and organization resources of the Council.
The Council of Public Initiatives finds out public opinion as the most important issues of Tomsk Oblast economic and social development are considered.

It also involves citizens of the Russian Federation and public associations into the lawmaking activity of the Legislative Duma of Tomsk Oblast in the following ways:
- it studies the public opinion on Tomsk Oblast social and economic development and political situation in the region;
- it studies the public opinion on the activity of the Legislative Duma of Tomsk Oblast;
- it prepares suggestions on development and improvement of Tomsk Oblast legislation;
- it prepares drafts of statutory acts on issues which fall within the competence of the State Duma of Tomsk Oblast;
- it conducts public examination of the drafts of statutory acts;
- it studies the practice of application of statutory acts of the State Duma of Tomsk Oblast, formation of suggestions to improve the law enforcement practice and increase its effectiveness.

The Council may include representatives of public associations and other not-profit organizations.
The Chairman of the Council of Public Initiatives is the Chairman of the Legislative Duma of Tomsk Oblast.
In order to resolve specific issues, special commissions may be formed within the Council. A commission is headed by the chairman of commission. In order to develop lawmaking initiatives of the Council, special working groups may be formed.

The main form of activity of the Council of Public Initiatives is the meeting of representatives of public associations. Such meetings are held, as a rule, at least once in three months.
The following individuals can take part in the meetings of the Council of Public Initiatives: the Governor of Tomsk Oblast or his plenipotentiaries, the deputies of the State Duma of Tomsk Oblast and representatives of local governments. .

Decisions of the Council of Public Initiatives are presented to the deputies of the Legislative Duma of Tomsk Oblast in the form of recommendations. A decision of the Council to introduce a legislative initiative in the Legislative Duma of Tomsk Oblast should be approved by two thirds of votes of the Council members participating in the meeting. In the case the decision is approved, the Chairman of the Legislative Duma of Tomsk Oblast introduces the legislative initiative in the Legislative Duma of Tomsk Oblast on his behalf.

The Council of Public Initiatives is entitled to examine Tomsk Oblast bills and decrees of the Legislative Duma of Tomsk Oblast. Resolutions of the Council of Public Initiatives on the results of the examination are presented in the form of recommendations which are forwarded to the Legislative Duma of Tomsk Oblast and submitted to consideration at the meetings of the Legislative Duma of Tomsk Oblast.
The Machinery of the Legislative Duma of Tomsk Oblast provides technical and organizational support for the activity of the Council of Public Initiatives.

Currently, the Council consists of nearly 70 different public associations, among them the most well-known political parties, trade unions, charitable foundations, national and cultural centers, industry associations of Tomsk Oblast.

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