Next month a referendum on constitutional reform is being held here in Italy. The constitutional changes are aimed at making the Italian legislative process simpler and faster. The heart of the reform lies in a new balance in the way laws are approved: if ‘Yes’ prevails, the Senate, which currently has the same powers as the House of Representatives, will be abolished and replaced with a ‘Senate of the Regions’, mainly with consultative powers on the effects of legislation on local administrations. Full legislative power will be left only to the House of Representatives. This will ensure a more orderly legislative process. It will guarantee that the approval of laws will occur according to a predetermined schedule, and it will increase the stability of government.
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