January 24, 2011

Mr. Feldman suggested discussing the bills on the website of the Verkhovna Rada

Member of the Verkhovna Rada, Alexander Feldman, offers to add to the existing open access to the registered bills on the website of the Verkhovna Rada, also the possibility of a free comment.

According to the press-service of the deputy, this kind of proposal contains in the draft resolution to the Verkhovna Rada that was registered by Alexander Feldman “On the public discussion of the bills on the website of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine”.

According to the deputy, if today a citizen is willing to express his views on the registered bill, he should turn to the author of the bill or to the proper committee of the Verkhovna Rada. However, such proposals will not be made public, and cannot become the part of the whole public debate about the legislative initiatives.

In addition to this, due to the peculiarities of the lawmaking process, the authors of the individual bills are not always interested in its public discussions and in publications of alternative points of views. “In fact, the opportunities for the broad public discussion about the legislative matters, except for the isolated cases about the use of the mechanism of “public discussion of the bills”, are limited”, - as said in the explanatory note of the draft resolution.

Therefore, for the realization of the principle of transparency during the legislative process, as well as for the widest possible involvement of independent expert and public opinion in the discussion of the bills, A. Feldman proposes to develop and to run the “public discussion of the bills on the pages of every bill on the website of the Verkhovna Rada” function, which from the moment of registration in the Verkhovna Rada will be open during the next 3 days for the discussion by the authorized users.

At the same time, the MP proposes to establish a mandatory practice of the moderation of the pages for the correctness of comments, to provide the possibility for blocking the IP-addresses of users, which will use foul and expressive language, appeal to ethnic, racial, religious, cultural and social hostility.


In general, according to Mr. Feldman, the practice of the public Internet-discussion of the registered bills will allow to identify the “insanity and lobbying” of the MPs more effectively.