The Constitutional Reforms of the Center-Right

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During its sitting of 25 March 2004, the Senate gave first-reading approval

to a far-reaching, government-sponsored bill for constitutional reform,

which touches on almost all aspects of Part II of the Constitution. On

15 October, the Chamber of Deputies completed its examination of the

same proposal and approved it, though with a number of amendments.

Then, on 3 November, the Senate began its re-examination through the

Commission for Constitutional Affairs. If we are to believe what its rapporteur,

Senator Francesco D’Onofrio, stated during the Commission’s

first sitting, the majority remains committed to approving “a revision of

the Constitution during the life of this Parliament, such as will define

and achieve the principles of federalism, put an end to perfect bicameralism,

and, as a consequence, modernize the form of government.”

This commitment is linked to a proposed parallel revision of the electoral

law. Indeed, the majority parties’ investment in the bill—in terms

of public image and lengthy internal negotiations—makes it unlikely

that they will abandon it lightly.