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Bhutan

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National Council

This is a bicameral parliament. Switch to theNational Assembly

Law-making

Data on parliament’s law-making role and activities

Legislative activity

Number of laws adopted by parliament, per year
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Total number of laws adopted by Parliament in the previous legislature
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Number of laws adopted in the previous legislature that were initiated by parliament
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Number of laws adopted in the previous legislature that were initiated by the government
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Dates of the previous legislature
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Outcome when the two chambers cannot agree on a piece of draft legislation For bicameral parliaments: Outcome when the two chambers cannot agree on a piece of draft legislationNot applicable; The legislation cannot be adopted unless both chambers agree; The decision of the lower chamber will take effect after a certain deadline; The decision of the upper chamber will take effect after a certain deadline; Other (please specify) For bicameral parliaments: Outcome when the two chambers cannot agree on a piece of draft legislation
Other (please specify)
Notes
A Joint Sitting of the Parliament is conducted. Either House can initiate legislative bills except for money or financial bills which need to be initiated by the National Assembly. When the Houses disagree, the bill will be vote in a joint sitting. Where the other House (which did not initiate the Bill) neither passes nor returns the Bill by the end of the next session, the Bill shall be deemed to have been passed by that House that initiated the bill and the latter and shall present it within fifteen days to the Druk Gyalpo (King) for Assent.
Source Legal documents that stipulate parliament's role.
Constitution, art. 13

Executive-legislative relations

Legislation adopted by parliament requires the assent of the Head of State In some countries, the Constitution foresees that legislation adopted by parliament must be signed into law by the Head of State. If so, the Head of State may, for example, have the power to veto the legislation, return it to parliament, or submit it to another body such as a constitutional court.
Yes
Source Legal documents that stipulate parliament's role.
Constitution, art 13, section 1
Number of times the Head of State declined to give assent to legislation, per year
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Consequences when the Head of State declines to give assent to legislation Consequences when the Head of State declines to give assent to legislation: Not applicable; No further action is taken. The legislation is rejected; The legislation is returned to Parliament for re-examination; The legislation is referred to the Constitutional/Supreme Court;The legislation is put to a referendum; Other (please specify)
The legislation is returned to Parliament for re-examination
Not applicable. The Head of State cannot decline to give assent to legislation adopted by parliament
No
Final decision when parliament and the Head of State do not agree Final decision when parliament and the Head of State do not agree: Not applicable; Parliament; Head of State; Constitutional/Supreme Court; Other (please specify)
Existence of a procedure to introduce emergency legislation
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Not applicable. There is no procedure to introduce emergency legislation.
No