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PO's Parliamentary Push
September 17, 2008   
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The government headed by the Civic Platform (PO) party is gearing up to hit parliament with well over 100 new bills in October. The chamber will probably have little option but to sit more frequently.

The most important laws up for amendment include the law on public finance, the election code, the law on urban planning, the construction law and the law on public-private partnerships. One bill, if passed, would reduce state funding for political parties. The Sejm will also be reviewing amendments and proposed laws on health, professionalizing the armed forces, the media law, a law abolishing mandatory residence registration, the competence law, which delineates the powers of province marshals and province governors, and the metropolitan law. This last will probably involve the Gdańsk-Sopot-Gdynia Tricity, the Upper Silesian urban area and Warsaw.

There will also be a raft of "deregulatory" laws aimed at cutting back bureaucracy, partially drafted on the basis of the work of the Sejm's "Friendly State" committee. Most of these are taxation related and include laws on PIT, CIT, and flat rate tax, inheritance and gift tax, VAT and excises. Amendments to the tax law, the tax inspection law, the stamp duty law and the law on tax on civil-law transactions are also in the pipeline. Previously announced amendments to the law on vetting and the law on the National Remembrance Institute have not been scheduled for debate.
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