First, critical reflections on the introduction of a second reading of legislation in the Chamber - Belgian Constitutional Law Blog
In the context of the sixth state reform, the institutional legislator has reformed the Senate into a full-fledged Chamber of the federated states. This reform substantially curtailed the legislative powers of the Senate, which logically resulted in an expansion of the powers of the Chamber of Representatives. Since the sixth state reform entered into force, the Chamber is exclusively competent for most part of the federal legislation and has residual legislative powers. As compensation for the expansion of the unicameral procedure, the Chamber can now fulfill a reflective and supervisory role via a second reading of proposed legislation.
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