State Duma suggests softening responsibility of regional deputies for errors in income declarations

State Duma suggests softening responsibility of regional deputies for errors in income declarations

At the same time, members of rural legislative assemblies may be allowed to report only on major property transactions.

Secretary of United Russia’s General Council, Vice-Speaker of the Federation Council Andrey Turchak introduced a bill to the State Duma in which he proposed to soften the responsibility of urban and rural deputies for submitting incomplete and inaccurate income declarations. In addition, Turchak proposed to oblige the rural deputies to report only on major property transactions, as it follows from the package of documents.

“Adoption of the draft law will allow not to apply excessive sanctions to municipal deputies and retain experienced and qualified personnel in the deputies' corps, which, in turn, will contribute to the development of local government, positively affect the quality of municipal government, and hence the quality of the citizens’ lives” reads the explanatory note to the bill.

Turchak notes that “90% of deputies of representative bodies of municipal entities work on a non-permanent basis and face serious difficulties in filling out a large package of declaration documents in which they often make mistakes and inaccuracies.” In addition, villages are remote from banks, in which income statements blanks should be obtained.

The member of United Russia proposes to punish for inaccurate or incomplete data in declarations by warning or dismissal from the representative body of the municipality without deprivation the deputy of his powers. In case of serious violations, the early termination of powers is permissible. Similar measures apply in relation to the State Duma deputies.

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