February 24, 2024


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Legal Research Reports: Continuity of Legislative Activities during an Emergency

The Legislation Library of Congress is proud to current the report, Continuity of Legislative Routines during Unexpected emergency Cases.

This reviews the legislation of 36 foreign jurisdictions on the operating of legislatures underneath unexpected emergency steps, preparations in legislatures for a specified sub-group to constitute a form of “unexpected emergency parliament” with devolved powers from the full legislature, and preparations produced by nationwide legislative bodies to assure their operate during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the broad the vast majority of countries surveyed, legislatures have adopted preventative steps in response to the public unexpected emergency posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, no nation surveyed has explicitly invoked the powers of an “unexpected emergency parliament” with the devolved electricity from the full legislature. On the other hand, several countries surveyed give a variety of other unexpected emergency powers to the legislature in times of emergencies. 

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