By Elena Aben
While the Senate has adjourned its session, it may still hold hearings and consultations during the break.
This is to ensure continuity in the process of passing pending proposed legislation and to conduct investigations on issues of national interests to aid in crafting relevant legislation, as stated in Senate resolution no. (SRN) 330 filed by Senator Vicente Sotto III.
The resolution, “authorizing and encouraging all committees and special committees of the Senate to conduct hearings, meetings and consultations during every recess of the Senate” was adopted by the chamber before it adjourned session Wednesday (March 15) night to go on legislative break. Regular sessions will resume on May 2.
SRN 330 also authorizes the Senate committees to “issue subpoena or subpoena duces tecum to any person, corporation, entity or its officers, to testify and/or produce such documents which may be needed in the meetings, hearings or consultations of the committees.”
Furthermore, it encourages the committees “to immediately file committee reports based on the outcome of its studies, hearings or investigations to the Senate in its regular and special sessions, and to regard all pending measures with utmost urgency for the consideration of its immediate passage by the Senate.”
Meanwhile, the adjournment of the Senate session came within the same week the chamber approved on third and final reading two landmark bills – SBN 1304 or the Affordable Higher Education for All Act and SBN 1277 or the Free Internet Access in Public Places Act – and unanimously gave its concurrence in the accession to the Paris Agreement.