A house in order: 14th Karnataka Assembly sat for average of 49 days a year

Elections to the 15th Karnataka Legislative Assembly  were held on Saturday and the results will be out on Tuesday. An overview of the sittings and legislative work done by the 14th Assembly (2013-2018) suggests the House sat for an average of 49 days in a year, higher than the 13th Assembly. While the 13th Assembly sat for 178 days, the current Assembly had 244 days of sittings.  The Karnataka Assembly sat for an average of 51 days per year between 2013 and 2016, the highest among 20 states for which data are available.

 

Of the 31 Bills in the education sector, 20 were related to higher education. Under the revenue ministry, 23 Bills related to amendments in the Stamp Act or Land Reforms and Revenue Acts.  Of the 207 Bills passed, 144 were amendments to existing legislation and 38 were new Bills. 25 were Appropriation Bills to draw funds from the State Consolidated Fund.

 

Other than Appropriation Bills (all passed on the same day), 45 per cent of the Bills were passed on the same day as their introduction in the Assembly. These include the Karnataka State Motor Vehicles (Special Provisions) Bill and the Karnataka Professional Educational Institutions (Regulation of Admission and Fixation of fee) Bill.  Bills passed more than a week after their introduction included the state GST Bill and the Karnataka State Universities (Amendment) Bill.

Data and analysis: PRS