• Brazil - Legislative drafting portrays shaken political scenario in 2017
  • December 28, 2017 | Author: Daniella Barbosa Pereira
  • Law Firm: Correia da Silva Advogados - São Paulo Office
  • The balance of approvals of legislative Bills of 2017 in the House of Representatives and in the Federal Senate should not be observed only quantitatively. After all, it is a representation, in our view, of a troubled political scenario.

    The revelations of mass corruption of the political class in the country allied to the economic crisis have bombarded society and can be considered the cause of "fire" deliberations on issues related to economic and social issues. Add to this the more active participation of groups in the discussion of political guidelines, which led to more intense deliberations, as it required more articulations and political negotiations.

    From a quantitative point of view, the House of Representatives in 2017 voted in Plenary 168 proposals, of which 49 were Bills. Six proposed amendments to the Constitution, 31 provisional measures, 6 complementary Bills, 70 draft legislative decrees and six draft resolutions were also voted on. In the Federal Senate, 342 proposals were analyzed, of which 220 were submitted to the Plenary and 122 proposals were the subject of a final decision in the committees. According to official information, 312 issues were approved, with emphasis on projects that gave rise to labor reform (Law 13,467), political reform (Law 13,488), the Reform Card Program (Law 13,439), the fiscal recovery regime of the states and the District Federal (Complementary Law 159) to the high school reform (Law 13.415) and the new rules for the Student Financing Fund (Fies), the credit program for higher education students (Law 13,530).

    The portrait of parliamentary activities in 2017 only reinforces the misalignment between the demands of society and the parliamentary movement in relation to deliberate matters, notwithstanding their importance, mainly, for the restoration of economic stability. Proposals of popular interest, for example, have not advanced. As an example, the Proposed Amendment to the Constitution to reduce the number of parliamentarians or that dealing with political reform.

    In this sense, we can think of an alienation of the Congressmen in relation to the yearnings of the society when we come across this scenario. Even with the creation of new tools of popular participation by electronic means and the intention to foment the activity of governmental relations, it is important to re-signify the political activity, especially the legislative one, taking into account also what the society expects of its representatives. It is not a matter of how many proposals have been deliberated or approved. It's not about numbers ...