MPs Probably to Lose Part of Immunity
Yesterday parliament pushed to a second reading the proposal to scrap MP immunity for misdemeanours with a 85 votes in favour of the motion.
Parliamentary chairman from the SaS party Richard Sulik is well-pleased with the result, as all coalition MPs, with the exception of Julius Stanko from KDH, showed up to support the vote, with the motion looking set to make it easily through the second reading.
Former SNS MPs Anna Belousovova (who recently announced the establishment of her new NAS party) and Rudolf Pucik also supported the motion. Belousovova justified her decision by saying how driving under the influence or parking wherever you want, including places reserved for the handicap, has nothing to do with the work of an MP.
Opposition party Smer-SD is excusing itself from supporting the motion, stating that scrapping MPs freedom to commit misdemeanours should be dealt with via a constitutional law. The party even stated that it was the coalition just trying to bully the opposition, with party head Robert Fico formerly saying the coalition would use it to persecute his party.
Richard Sulik is sure that the bill will be passed, meaning MPs will be subject to fines for speeding, illegal parking, driving under the influence etc. just like all the mortals in Slovakia. Abolishing MP immunity altogether, which would expose them also to criminal prosecution, would require 90 votes, though, as it requires a change to constitutional law.