A day at the Senate

Follow a Senator in a day at work

  • Hello, I have just been elected SENATOR for my province and I am a member of a political party.

    A Senator initiates his parliamentary life when ELECTED by his province or APPOINTED by the Parliament of her/his Self-governing Community.

    Would you like to know more about my work at the SENATE? Follow me.

  • The main function of the Senate is the LEGISLATIVE FUNCTION: debates BILLS and NON-GOVERNMENTAL BILLS passed by the CONGRESS and has power to amend or reject them.
    The Senate has a period of two months to oppose its veto or introduce AMENDMENTS, unless the Congress of Deputies or the GOVERNMENT decide to declare it urgent, in such case we must hurry up. We only have 20 calendar days!

    I now have a meeting with other Senators to discuss in the COMMITTEE a bill on which the REPORTING BODY issued a report last week.

    Would you like to join the Committee?

  • The Senate Committees represent all PARLIAMENTARY GROUPS.
    Each COMMITTEE handles the legislative work and CONTROLS THE GOVERNMENT on a specific matter.
    In the debate of the project at hand today, we have expressed our opinion and defended some modifications through amendments. The amendments that are approved are added to the REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE.

    However the most important meeting is still pending...!

  • Quick! The PLENARY SITTING is about to start in the PLENARY SITTING HALL!

    While the first part takes place, in which the Government is subject to monitoring of the Senators who raise QUESTIONS e INTERPELLATIONS, I will still have time to negotiate some changes to the law with other Senators.

    What will happen?

  • The voting process starts! We have worked much on the bill, but nothing is decided until the voting process is completed. Two things can happen:

    • If we do not approve the modifications to the text submitted by the Congress of Deputies, it shall be sent directly for publishing in the OFFICIAL STATE GAZETTE, after ROYAL SANCTION.

    • If we modify the text (amendments) or there is a “veto” (opposition to the bill), the text will have to return to the Congress of Deputies that shall decide if it accepts the proposals of the Senate or not.

    Over 60% of the laws are published with amendments introduced in the Senate!

    I have put my phone in silence while we are voting. I am expecting a call...

  • The meetings have finished, but before going for dinner I still have to enter into the Electronic Registry of the Senate some questions to the Government for them to explain what it is doing for my town, and answer claims sent by citizens through the website.