MOSCOW (Pakistan Point News / Sputnik - 18th February, 2020) The Council of the Russian lower house, the State Duma, has extended to March 2 the deadline for submitting amendments to the draft on changing the national constitution, Galina Hovanskaya, the head of the State Duma's housing policy committee and a member of the working group on amendments to the Russian legislation, said on Monday.
"Yes, we have extended [the deadline to March 2]," Hovanskaya told reporters after a meeting of the Council.
"Taking into consideration the importance of the matter, ... we have decided that the committee [on state building and legislation] makes effort ... to enable us not just to accept the amendments that we are receiving by March 2 but to study them as well ... In this case, we are most likely to schedule the second reading for March 10," Volodin told reporters.
In his address to the parliament in mid-January, Russian President Vladimir Putin offered important changes to the constitution, including reducing the presidency to two terms and expanding the role of the legislature.