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France: Government Submits Bills on Ethics and Transparency in Politics

(June 20, 2017) On June 14, 2017, the French government submitted two bills to the French Senate on reinforcing rules of ethics and transparency in the political sphere. (Projet de loi organique (procédure accélérée) rétablissant la confiance dans l’action publique [Bill for an Organic Law (Accelerated Procedure) to Re-Establish Confidence in Public Action], No. 580, […]

Italy: Update on Legislative Electoral Reform (Italicum)

(Feb. 7, 2017) On January 25, 2017, the Italian Constitutional Court issued a decision on the constitutionality of amendments to Italicum, the colloquial name given to the electoral reform introduced by Law No. 52 of 2015 on the election of members of the Chamber of Deputies. (Decisione sulla legge elettorale cd.Italicum, Corte Costituzionale website (Jan. […]

Mongolia: Agenda for Autumn 2015 Session of Parliament

(Nov. 7, 2015) On September 20, 2015, the Chairman of the Great State Hural (Parliament), Zandaakhuu Enkhbold, gave a presentation on Mongolia’s economy to the American Chamber of Commerce in UlaanbaatarUlanbatar. Part of his remarks covered the fall agenda for the Great State Hural. Aside from what he termed “the usual suspects” – the 2016 […]

Italy: Legislative Electoral Reform (Italicum)

(June 4, 2015) On May 23, 2015, new legislation governing the election of members of the Chamber of Deputies entered into effect. (Provisions Concerning the Elections of the Chamber of Deputies, Law No. 52 (May 6, 2015), GAZETTA UFFICIALE [G. U.] No. 105 (May 8, 2015), NORMATTIVA (in Italian).) The Law will apply to national […]

Taiwan: Proposed Changes to Campaign Finance Law

(May 13, 2015) Taiwan’s Ministry of Interior has drafted legislation that would amend the Political Donations Act to raise the ceiling for individual political donations to multiple candidates from the current NT$200,000 (about US$6,508) per year to NT$300,000. The amount of a donation an individual can make to a single candidate, not more than NT$100,000 […]

Indonesia: Election Spending Limits Proposed

(Mar. 17, 2015) Indonesia’s General Elections Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum, or KPU) is reportedly about to set limits on campaign spending for the upcoming regional elections. The regulation on spending will be related to the existing law on local elections, adopted as Law No. 1 of 2015. The regulation will apply both to candidates and […]

Brazil: Superior Electoral Tribunal Issues Resolution Regulating Banking Secrecy of Political Parties

(Jan. 6, 2015) A resolution issued by the Superior Electoral Tribunal of Brazil in December 2014 put an end to the banking secrecy of political parties and expanded the supervision of resources received by them to include non-electoral periods. Resolution No. 23.242 (Resolução TSE [Tribunal Superior Eleitoral] No. 23.242, JUSTIÇA ELEITORAL [ELECTORAL COURT]) was published […]

Mexico: Federal Senators Seek Transparency of Allocated Financial Resources

(Feb. 18, 2014) Senators of Mexico’s Institutional Revolutionary Party (Partido Revolucionario Institucional, PRI), National Action Party (Partido Acción Nacional, PAN), Party of the Democratic Revolution (Partido de la Revolución Democrática, PRD), and Ecological Green Party of Mexico (Partido Verde Ecologista de Mexico, PVEM) will propose a new regulation on transparency of the Senate aimed at […]