SEIMAS OF THE REPUBLIC OF LITHUANIA                              
                             STATUTE                                            
                    19 October 1993 No. I-279                                   
                             Vilnius                                            
                                                                                
                             PART 5                                             
                                                                                
                      LEGISLATIVE PROCEDURE                                     
                                                                                
                                                                                
         Chapter 21. Registration of Drafts of Laws and                         
                       other Standard Acts                                      
                                                                                
     Article 183. Drafts of laws of the Republic of Lithuania and               
of other  acts of the Seimas, as well as the proposals concerning               
the enactment  thereof, shall  be submitted  to  the  Seimas  for               
consideration by  the institutions  and persons  who, pursuant to               
the Constitution  of the Republic of Lithuania, have the right of               
legislative initiative.  Submitted drafts  and proposals  must be               
signed by representatives of the initiators thereof.                            
     A supporting  explanation shall  be submitted  together with               
the draft  law wherein,  as a  rule, the  following shall  be set               
forth:                                                                          
     1) the objectives and goals of the draft law;                              
     2) the  current legal procedure in accordance with which the               
issues considered in the draft law are being regulated;                         
     3) what  new provisions of legal regulation are planned, the               
positive  qualities  of  the  newly  regulated  issues,  and  the               
positive results which are foreseen;                                            
     4) possible negative consequences of the enacted law and the               
measures  which   should  be  applied  in  order  to  avoid  said               
consequences; remaining imperfections of the law;                               
     5) the incorporation of the draft law into the legal system,               
which legal acts in said sphere remain effective (a list of these               
acts shall  be presented),  and which of the effective legal acts               
must be amended or repealed upon adoption of the draft;                         
     6) in  the event  that executive  acts are  required for the               
implementation of  the draft  law --  who should prepare them and               
when, as well as the guidelines of said executive acts;                         
     7) the  evaluation  and  findings  of  specialists  obtained               
during the period that the law was drafted;                                     
     8) the author or group of authors of the draft law;                        
     9) the  notional words  of the  draft law  required for  the               
inclusion of the draft into the computerised search system; and                 
     10) other substantiations and explanations which the authors               
believe to be necessary.                                                        
     If  the  initiators  of  the  draft  law  cannot  present  a               
supporting explanation,  they may  apply to the Seimas Chancellor               
with a request that the Legal Department assist in the drawing up               
of the  explanation or that they be permitted to submit the draft               
without a supporting explanation.                                               
     As a  rule, draft laws concerning the amendment, supplement,               
or repeal of other laws which are requisite upon the enactment of               
the proposed  draft law  as well  as,  if  necessary,  the  draft               
resolution regarding the procedure of implementing the law, shall               
be submitted together with the draft law.                                       
     The  requirements  set  forth  in  this  Chapter,  with  the               
exception  of   the   requirement   concerning   the   supporting               
explanation, shall  apply to  the drafts of all laws and standard               
acts of the Seimas (in this Chapter all of the above drafts shall               
hereinafter be  referred to as draft laws), with the exception of               
special cases provided for in this Statute.                                     
     Article 184. All submitted draft laws and proposals shall be               
registered in  the register  of draft laws and proposals received               
by the  Secretariat of  the Seimas  sittings. When registering, a               
standard title  page of  the draft and a form shall be filled in,               
all of  the persons  who prepared or initiated the draft shall be               
specified, and  the  documentation  presented  thereby  shall  be               
itemised. The  draft shall  be indexed  in  accordance  with  the               
classifier of the areas of legislation.                                         
     During the consideration and further preparation of a draft,               
all new  versions thereof  as well as the conclusions, amendments               
and supplements  which have been put forward and the names of the               
persons who  submitted them, shall be presented to and registered               
by the  Secretariat of  the sittings.  All of  the above shall be               
executed as  a cover letter of the draft and shall be distributed               
together with the draft and the supporting explanation.                         
     The  Legal  Department  shall  furnish  conclusions  on  the               
registered draft  law, stating  whether or  not the  draft is  in               
conformity with  the  effective  laws,  and  whether  or  not  it               
corresponds to  the technical  rules of law-making. Together with               
the above  conclusions, the  registered draft law shall be handed               
over to  the Seimas  Chancellor. If  the scope  of the  draft  is               
large, the  Seimas Chancellor shall have the right to extend this               
term.                                                                           
     The Seimas  Chancellor shall, within 3 days, refer the draft               
law together  with the  supporting explanation and conclusions of               
the Legal  Department to  appropriate Committees  for preliminary               
consideration. The Seimas Chancellor shall also furnish all other               
Committees, parliamentary  groups, the  Government, the Office of               
the President  of  the  Republic,  and,  as  necessary  --  local               
governments of  the higher  level, with the draft of the law. All               
members of the Seimas shall also be notified of the draft.                      
     Article 186.  In the  event that  a draft  law is  submitted               
together with  amendments to  the Constitution, both drafts shall               
be discussed  concurrently; however,  a vote shall first be taken               
on the Constitutional amendments in accordance with the procedure               
for amending  the Constitution.  Drafts of laws on the amendment,               
supplement or repeal of other laws requisite upon the adoption of               
the proposed draft law shall also be discussed together with said               
draft law.                                                                      
     If several alternative drafts of one law have been received,               
they shall  be concurrently  considered prior  to and  during the               
discussion at  the sitting  of the Seimas, and one of said drafts               
shall be selected.                                                              
                                                                                
     Article 187. As necessary, the Seimas Board may charge other               
Committees to  make a preliminary analysis of the draft law or to               
propose that  the Government  prepare its conclusions. The Seimas               
Board may  also form  a special  working group of Seimas members,               
representatives of  interested State  institutions, experts,  and               
scientists to  prepare a  draft  law  for  consideration  in  the               
Seimas. As  necessary, draft  laws  may  be  referred  to  public               
organisations for evaluation.                                                   
                                                                                
                                                                                
   Chapter 21a. Preliminary and Supplementary Consideration of                  
    Drafts of Laws and other Standard Acts in the Committees                    
                                                                                
                                                                                
     Article 196.  The Committee  to which  a draft  law has been               
referred for preliminary consideration must establish:                          
     1) whether  or not  the draft  is  in  conformity  with  the               
Constitution and other laws of the Republic of Lithuania, and, if               
it is  not in  conformity therewith, whether or not the Committee               
approves of the amendment of said laws;                                         
     2) the  approximate amount  of the  State  budget  resources               
required for the implementation of the law;                                     
     3) the expediency of the draft from political, economic, and               
social points of view;                                                          
     4) whether  or not  the concept  of the draft corresponds to               
the approved programme of the Government;                                       
     5) whether  or not  the draft  is  in  conformity  with  the               
international obligations of the Republic of Lithuania;                         
     6) whether  or not  the draft  is analogous  to other drafts               
which have been rejected within the last six months; and                        
     7) whether  or not  the draft corresponds to the criteria of               
efficiency, concreteness,  and completion,  and whether or not it               
is acceptable  from the  points of  view of legal culture and the               
technical rules of law-making.                                                  
     Upon examining  the draft  in these  aspects, the  Committee               
must draw  preliminary conclusions in such a way that it would be               
possible to  decide how the draft should further be considered in               
accordance with the requirements set forth in Articles 188-189.                 
     If the  Committee arrives  at the  conclusion that the draft               
law does  not comply  with the  Constitution of  the Republic  of               
Lithuania and  no draft  amendments to the Constitution have been               
presented, the  Seimas Chancellor  shall  appoint  an  additional               
session  for  consideration  of  the  draft  law  at  the  Seimas               
Committee on State and Law.                                                     
                                                                                
     Article 197.  Conclusions concerning  a draft  law, for  the               
enactment whereof  an initiative  group for the announcement of a               
referendum has  been formed, shall also be prepared in the above-               
specified manner.  Said group  shall  be  familiarized  with  the               
preliminary conclusions which have been obtained.                               
     In the  event that  only a proposal to draft and enact a law               
is submitted,  a Committee  must consider  whether or  not it  is               
expedient to  carry out the proposal, applying the criteria which               
are applied  to a  draft law.  Upon refusing  to  carry  out  the               
proposal, the  Committee shall  present  its  conclusion  to  the               
Seimas.                                                                         
     The Committees  must prepare  preliminary conclusions within               
10 days  during the  session of the Seimas. The initiators of the               
draft shall be notified of the conclusions.                                     
     Article 198.  The Committee  to which  a draft  law has been               
referred  for   additional  consideration  must  present  written               
evaluation thereof  in accordance  with the criteria set forth in               
Article  196   of  this  Chapter.  Refusal  to  approve  must  be               
substantiated.                                                                  
     Approval may  be expressed  in the  three ways:  without any               
comments, with  specific  comments,  or  on  the  condition  that               
certain amendments  shall be made to the draft. In the last case,               
concretely formulated amendments may be proposed.                               
     The Committee  which is performing additional examination of               
a draft  law may  also express  its opinion at the sitting of the               
principal Committee  which is  conducting the  examination of the               
draft law upon delegating its representative to the sitting.                    
                                                                                
     Article 199.  The Committee  which is  conducting additional               
examination of  a draft  law, as  well as  other Committees,  the               
appointed members  of the Seimas and the Government, shall submit               
written comments,  proposals and  supplements  to  the  principal               
Committee examining  the law  no later  than 2  days prior to the               
consideration of the draft law in the Seimas.                                   
     For the extension of the term set for presenting preliminary               
conclusions, Committees  must address  the Seimas Chancellor; for               
the  extension   of  the   term  set  for  presenting  additional               
conclusions, Committees  must  address  the  principal  Committee               
conducting the examination of the draft law.                                    
     Article 1991(185).  The Seimas  Chancellor shall not present               
draft  laws  for  consideration  in  the  Seimas  if  the  Seimas               
Committee on  State and  Law draws  a preliminary conclusion that               
the laws  are not  in conformity  with the  Constitution  of  the               
Republic of Lithuania and no draft amendments to the Constitution               
have been  presented in the established manner. In the event that               
the same  draft law or another draft law of analogous content has               
                                                                                
been rejected by the Seimas within the last six months, the draft               
shall not be accepted for repeat consideration.                                 
     Draft laws submitted by entities who are not vested with the               
right of  legislative initiative  shall be  registered, but shall               
not be forwarded for consideration; however, competent Committees               
shall be familiarized with them.                                                
     In all  of the above cases, drafts with a corresponding visa               
of the  Seimas Chancellor shall be returned to the Secretariat of               
the sittings,  provided that there is the approval of a competent               
Committee; at the Secretariat, the draft shall be recorded in the               
register  of   rejected  draft   laws  and  proposals  and  shall               
thereafter be  sent to  the archives.  An  announcement  to  this               
effect must  be made  at the  Seimas sitting,  and the person who               
presented the draft must be notified thereof.                                   
     Article 194.  The initiators  of a  draft law shall have the               
right to  recall said  draft before it is considered at a sitting               
of the  Seimas. Said  persons must  immediately notify the Seimas               
Chancellor of  the decision,  and the  Chancellor must notify the               
Seimas. In  such an  case, a  copy of the draft law shall be left               
with the principal Committee and the Legal Department.                          
     However, in  the  event  that  the  recalled  draft  law  is               
officially supported  and submitted no later than the next day by               
another entity  vested with  the right of legislative initiative,               
the consideration procedure of such draft shall be continued.                   
                                                                                
 Chapter 21-b. Presentation of Drafts of Laws and other Standard                
                 Acts at Sittings of the Seimas                                 
                                                                                
     Article 188.  When the  Committees present their preliminary               
(positive or  negative) conclusions,  the Seimas Chancellor must,               
within one  month, propose that the presentation of the draft law               
be included  in the  week's agenda of the Seimas sittings. If the               
Committees fail  to present  their conclusions  during the Seimas               
session or  within a  month from  the commencement  of the Seimas               
session, the Seimas Chancellor must notify the Seimas thereof.                  
     A representative  of the  initiators of a draft law shall be               
invited to  attend the  sitting of  the Seimas where the draft is               
presented. Said  representative shall give a brief (maximum of 10               
minutes) characterisation of the draft. Thereafter, the presiding               
officer  shall  familiarize  the  members  with  the  preliminary               
conclusions of  the Committees  and the Legal Department and also               
of the  Government, provided  that  such  conclusions  have  been               
received, and,  if said  conclusions correspond in essence, shall               
propose that a vote be taken on the proposals.                                  
     The Seimas  must decide  whether or not to include the draft               
in the  work programme of the session, whether or not to commence               
the procedure  of consideration (of the drafts which have already               
been included  in the  work programme of the session), whether or               
not  to  apply  the  urgency  or  special  urgency  procedure  of               
consideration, whether or not to reject the draft, and whether or               
not to postpone consideration.                                                  
     If the  conclusions vary, or if the initiators of the draft,               
parliamentary  groups,   Committees,  or  the  Government  object               
thereto, a discussion shall commence.                                           
                                                                                
     Article 189. A discussion on the presentation of a draft law               
shall be held according to the following procedure:                             
     1) questions  posed by  Seimas members to the representative               
of the initiators of the draft (maximum of 15 minutes);                         
     2) elaboration  on the  conclusions of  the Committees which               
have performed preliminary examination of the draft (maximum of 5               
minutes for each Committee);                                                    
     3) elaboration  on the  Government's opinion  if it has been               
stated (maximum of 5 minutes);                                                  
     4) presentation  of the  arguments of the representatives of               
other  Committees  or  parliamentary  groups  whose  opinion  and               
motives do  not coincide  with those stated (maximum of 5 minutes               
for each representative); and                                                   
     5) a  vote on  the proposed decisions in accordance with the               
procedure established in Article 188 of this Chapter.                           
                                                                                
     Article  190.   All  decisions   on  the   presentation  and               
consideration of  a draft  law at the sitting of the Seimas shall               
be adopted by a simple majority vote of those present and voting,               
with the  exception of  decisions to  reject a draft, to return a               
draft to  its initiators,  or to  announce  a  draft  for  public               
consideration, which shall be adopted provided that more than 1/3               
of all the Seimas members vote in favour thereof.                               
     Application of  the urgency  or special  urgency  procedures               
shall be established in Chapter 24 of this Statute.                             
                                                                                
     Article  191.   The  procedure   for  consideration  may  be               
commenced only  concerning drafts  which are included in the work               
programme of  the  session.  The  consideration  procedure  shall               
consist of  the following  stages: consideration at the principal               
Committee, consideration  at  the  sitting  of  the  Seimas,  and               
adoption.                                                                       
     Upon deciding  to commence the procedure of consideration of               
a draft  law, the  Seimas must  at the  same sitting  appoint  an               
approximate date  of consideration  at the  sitting of the Seimas               
(no earlier  than after  a week,  and no later than by the end of               
the session),  the principal  Committee for further consideration               
or  revision  of  the  draft,  and  other  Committees  performing               
additional examination  thereof.  The  Seimas  may  also  form  a               
preparatory working group for the revision of the draft law.                    
     A decision  to propose that a draft law be made available to               
the public may also be adopted at the sitting.                                  
                                                                                
     Article 192. In the event that State funding is required for               
the implementation  of a  law, the proposals of the initiators of               
the draft  and the  conclusions of  the Committee  on Budget  and               
Finance and  the Government  concerning the  possible sources  of               
funding must  be presented  during further  consideration of  the               
draft.                                                                          
     If amending the Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania is               
also necessary  in order  to enact the draft law, the conclusions               
of the  Committee on  State and  Law  must  be  presented  during               
further consideration of the draft.                                             
                                                                                
     Article 195.  If an initiative group for the announcement of               
a referendum on the draft law has been formed, the issue shall be               
considered at  the next  Seimas sitting during the Seimas session               
after  it   has  been  confirmed  that  the  required  number  of               
signatures has  been collected. Representatives of the initiators               
of the  referendum shall be invited to attend the sitting. During               
the sitting,  amendments approved  of by  the initiators  of  the               
referendum may be made to the draft law taking into consideration               
the received conclusions.                                                       
     Should it be established that the draft is not in conformity               
with the  Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania, a referendum               
on amendment of the Constitution shall be announced.                            
     If the Seimas decides to discuss and enact a submitted draft               
law within  15 days,  the decision to announce the referendum may               
be postponed.  However, the  referendum must  be announced at the               
sitting at  which the  Seimas  rejects  the  submitted  draft  or               
accepts it  with an  amendment  whereto  the  initiators  of  the               
referendum  object.  The  referendum  must  also  be  immediately               
announced in  the event  that the  Seimas fails  to enact the law               
within the established period.                                                  
                                                                                
                                                                                
 Chapter 22. Consideration of Draft Laws by Principal Committees                
                                                                                
     Article 195-1.The  Committee which has been appointed by the               
Seimas as  the principal  Committee for  the examination  of  the               
draft of  a law,  in respect  whereof the consideration procedure               
has been  commenced, must,  within one week, discuss at a sitting               
the preparedness  of the  draft for examination by the Committee.               
For the  above purpose, responsible Committee members and experts               
must be  assigned, additional  conclusions may  be  requested  of               
other Committees  and State  institutions, and  other preliminary               
decisions may  be adopted.  If the Committee is charged to revise               
the draft,  a working  group may  be formed  for said purpose. As               
necessary, the  Committee may  also discuss issues concerning the               
preparedness of the draft for consideration at other sittings.                  
                                                                                
     Article 195-2.  The principal Committee which is examining a               
law must  send the draft law to all interested State institutions               
and,  as   necessary,  to  public  organisations,  so  that  said               
institutions and organisations could send their evaluations.                    
     All material  which has been received concerning a draft law               
shall be  evaluated and  summarized by  the  principal  Committee               
which is examining the law. If it has been resolved in the Seimas               
to consider  the text  of the  draft presented by the initiators,               
the principal Committee which is examining the draft law shall be               
entitled to  present alongside  its own version for consideration               
at the Seimas sitting.                                                          
     If a  draft  law  has  been  announced  to  the  public  for               
consideration, the  received proposals  shall be  referred to the               
principal Committee which is examining the draft.                               
                                                                                
     Article 195-3.  Each draft  law must  be considered  by  the               
principal Committee  which is  examining said  draft law no later               
than 5  workdays prior  to the consideration thereof at a sitting               
of the  Seimas. The  time and place of such deliberations must be               
announced at a sitting of the Seimas.                                           
     Representatives   of    the   initiators   of   the   draft,               
representatives of  the Committees which are preparing additional               
conclusions, experts,  and experts  who have  been invited by the               
parliamentary groups  of the  opposition shall  be invited to the               
deliberations by  the principal  Committee. Said  persons must be               
granted the floor at the sitting of the Committee.                              
     Representatives of  other interested  State institutions and               
public organisations may also be invited to the sitting. Upon the               
consent of  the presiding  officer, they,  as well  as members of               
other Committees  present at the sitting, may also be granted the               
floor.                                                                          
                                                                                
     Article 195-4.  Decisions concerning the approval of a draft               
law submitted by the initiators, or of a draft law revised by its               
respective Committee,  or of  an alternative  draft law,  or of a               
draft with  stipulations, or  concerning the  announcement  of  a               
draft to the public for consideration or the return of a draft to               
its initiators  for revision or rejection, must be adopted during               
the deliberations  in the  principal Committee which is examining               
said  draft;   the  adopted   decision  shall  be  presented  for               
consideration of the draft at the Seimas sitting.                               
     After deliberations  by the  principal Committee,  the draft               
which has  been submitted  by the  initiators or  revised by  the               
Committee shall  be forwarded to the Documentation Department for               
editing.  The   edited  draft   shall  be   coordinated  with   a               
representative of the initiators thereof.                                       
     The edited  text of  the draft must be distributed among the               
Seimas members  and delivered  to the  Government no later than 2               
days prior  to deliberations  at the  Seimas sitting.  Additional               
data together  with a cover letter shall be distributed among the               
Seimas  members   no  later   than  1   workday  prior  to  above               
deliberations.                                                                  
     The  Seimas  Speaker  must  be  notified  of  the  Committee               
reporters and additional reporters no later than 2 workdays prior               
to the  consideration of  the draft  law at  the sitting  of  the               
Seimas.                                                                         
     When  possible,   a  recording  shall  be  made  during  the               
deliberations, and  minutes shall  be kept  of the speeches which               
are made.                                                                       
                                                                                
     Article 201. In the event that the principal Committee which               
is examining  the draft law fails to examine the draft law within               
the established  time period,  it must  address  the  Seimas  for               
extension of the term.                                                          
                                                                                
   Chapter 23. Consideration of Draft Laws at Seimas Sittings                   
                                                                                
     Chapter 202. During consideration at the Seimas sitting, the               
expediency, conception and the basic provisions and principles of               
the draft  law shall be discussed and all the received amendments               
and supplements  shall be  presented. At  the Seimas  sitting the               
draft  law   shall  be  considered  according  to  the  following               
procedure:                                                                      
     1) report  of the principal Committee which is examining the               
draft law;                                                                      
     2) a  vote, should the principal Committee propose to return               
the draft to its initiators or to reject it;                                    
     3) reports  by representatives  of initiators of alternative               
drafts, should such be presented;                                               
     4) additional reports by other Committees;                                 
     5) a general discussion of the basic provisions of the draft               
law  --   statements  of   the  Government,   other   Committees,               
parliamentary group members, and individual Seimas members;                     
     6)  a   special  discussion  of  the  structure,  individual               
sections, paragraphs,  and articles of the draft. Should there be               
no proposals to hold a special discussion, the Seimas may abandon               
said discussion  or hold it together with the general discussion;               
and                                                                             
     7)  a   concluding  word   by  the   principal  speaker  and               
representatives of the initiators of alternative drafts.                        
                                                                                
     Article 203. After consideration, the Seimas shall decide:                 
     1) whether  or not  to approve  the draft  prepared  by  the               
initiators or revised by the Committee, or one of the alternative               
drafts, and  whether or not to appoint the date of passage of the               
law after  at least  4  workdays.  As  necessary,  the  principal               
Committee examining  the draft  shall  be  charged  to  make  the               
necessary amendments  and  supplements  in  accordance  with  the               
comments voiced  during the discussion. In this case, the passage               
of the law shall be prepared no sooner than after 7 days;                       
     2)  whether   or  not  to  announce  the  draft  for  public               
consideration provided  that the  proposals specified  in Par.  1               
hereof have  been adopted.  The results  obtained from  the above               
consideration shall  be summarised  by  the  principal  Committee               
examining the  draft  law  and  the  entire  procedure  shall  be               
repeated beginning from the consideration in this Committee. As a               
rule, the  draft of  one and  the same law shall not be announced               
for public consideration twice;                                                 
     3) whether  or not  to return  the draft for revision to the               
principal Committee  examining it.  In such a case, the procedure               
shall  be  repeated  beginning  from  the  consideration  in  the               
principal Committee.  The above decision may be adopted only once               
during the consideration of the draft;                                          
     4) whether  or not to adjourn the consideration of the draft               
in the event that the consideration has not been completed at one               
sitting,  if  it  transpires  that  the  Seimas  members  require               
additional information  for the  passage of  the law,  or in  the               
                                                                                
cases provided for in Article 96 of this Statute. Adjournment may               
not continue through to the next session;                                       
     5) whether  or not to return the draft to its initiators for               
fundamental  revision.  In  such  case,  the  full  procedure  of               
considering the revised draft law shall be repeated; and                        
     6) whether  or  not  to  reject  the  draft  or  charge  the               
preparation of a new draft.                                                     
     Upon adopting  a decision  specified in  Pars. 2  or 3,  the               
Seimas may  charge the principal Committee or other Committees to               
examine the draft.                                                              
                                                                                
   Chapter 23a. The Passage of a Draft Law at a Seimas Sitting                  
                                                                                
                                                                                
     Article 208.  If the  Committee  presents  a  newly  revised               
version of  a draft  for adoption, said draft must be distributed               
among the Seimas members and delivered to the Government at least               
2 workdays before the sitting.                                                  
     The Seimas members, parliamentary groups, Committees and the               
Government must  present all  proposed amendments and supplements               
to  the  draft  law  with  their  respective  signatures  to  the               
Secretariat  of  the  sittings  at  least  24  hours  before  the               
commencement of  the sitting whereat the passage of the draft law               
is planned.  The Secretariat of the sittings shall hand the above               
amendments and  supplements over to the principal Committee which               
is examining  the law,  shall  make  copies  thereof,  and  shall               
distribute them to all of the Seimas members.                                   
     The Government,  Committees  and  parliamentary  groups  may               
submit additional  amendments  before  the  commencement  of  the               
passage of  the law,  provided that  said  amendments  have  been               
prepared in  writing and may be distributed to all of the members               
of the Seimas.                                                                  
     During  the   passage  of   the  law,   new  amendments  and               
supplements  shall   not  be  accepted,  with  the  exception  of               
editorial corrections which shall be neither discussed nor put to               
vote,  but  shall  be  submitted  in  writing  to  the  principal               
Committee which examined the draft law.                                         
     Amendments and  supplements must  be adequately  formulated,               
must correspond to the substance of the draft, and may not exceed               
one article in volume.                                                          
                                                                                
     Article 209.  During the passage of a draft law the reporter               
shall give  a brief  notification of  the amendments  made by the               
Committee  and   shall  discuss   the  additional  proposals  and               
amendments which  have been  received,  naming  the  persons  who               
submitted them.                                                                 
     Thereafter,  separate  parts  of  the  draft  law  shall  be               
considered and  voted on.  The sections, chapters and articles of               
the draft  shall be  discussed and  voted on  according to  their               
sequence,  unless  the  Seimas  decides  otherwise.  The  officer               
presiding over  the sitting  may put the articles which condition               
the principles  and structure  of the draft to vote before voting               
on other  articles. Articles  to which  no amendments  have  been               
submitted and  concerning which  no proposals  have been  made to               
delete completely may be passed without vote, provided that not a               
single member  of the  Seimas objects  thereto. In other cases, a               
vote shall be taken on each article, chapter, and section.                      
     During passage, the floor may be granted only to the authors               
of the  submitted amendments and supplements (for up to 3 minutes               
on each  proposal), the reporter and additional reporters as well               
as to  members speaking  on the  motives of voting; the reporters               
shall be  asked  no  questions.  Upon  being  granted  the  floor               
concerning an amendment or supplement, the author thereof may not               
speak on the motives of voting.                                                 
                                                                                
                                                                                
     Article  210.  A  separate  article  of  the  law  shall  be               
considered and passed in accordance with the following procedure:               
     1) the  received proposals  shall be  announced -- either to               
amend the  entire  article,  to  alter  some  statements  of  the               
article, to  supplement the  article, or  to delete  the article.               
Each proposal  may be  briefly commented  on by  the reporter  or               
additional reporters ( for a maximum of 3 minutes each);                        
     2) during  voting, alternative  proposals shall  be  chosen.               
When several proposals concerning one article have been received,               
voting shall  be conducted according to the sequence specified in               
Par.1 hereof,  with the  exception of  the proposal to delete the               
article, and  in the  case of the specified sequence -- according               
to the  sequence in  which the  proposals  have  been  submitted.               
Amendments to  the amendment shall be voted on prior to voting on               
the principal amendment. Proposals contradicting those previously               
adopted shall be rejected without voting by the officer presiding               
over the  sitting. When the reporter announces that the principal               
Committee is  adopting the  proposal, a  vote is  not  necessary,               
provided that  no members  of the  Seimas object  thereto. Before               
voting, the person who submitted the proposal may retract it;                   
     3) the  entire article  shall be  put to  vote. Proposals to               
delete the  article  shall  be  treated  as  voting  against  the               
article.                                                                        
     Additional articles  of the  draft law  which are  submitted               
shall be  considered and  adopted according to the same procedure               
as for all the other articles of the draft law.                                 
                                                                                
     Article 211.  If the  reporter believes that it is necessary               
to hold one more sitting of the Committee for the coordination of               
the adopted  proposals and  so demands,  passage may be adjourned               
after voting  on all  articles, but  for no longer than until the               
next day of the Seimas sitting. After adjournment, amendments and               
supplements made  by the  Committee which  may not contradict the               
content of the adopted articles shall be discussed and put to the               
vote.  During   the  discussion,   other   proposals   concerning               
amendments and supplements shall not be accepted.                               
     In  the   event  that   the  articles  which  condition  the               
principles and structure of the law, as well as separate sections               
or chapters,  are not  adopted during  voting, the  reporter  may               
propose to  postpone the  voting and  to amend the draft prior to               
voting on  the entire  draft  law.  If  the  Seimas  adopts  said               
proposal, the procedure shall be continued from the consideration               
of the draft law at the principal Committee. During consideration               
of a draft law, the above alternative may only be used once.                    
                                                                                
     Article 212.  During passage  of a  law, proposals to reject               
the draft  shall not  be accepted. The draft may be rejected only               
if it does not receive the required number of votes.                            
     After all  the articles of the law have been considered, the               
entire draft  law shall  be put  to the  vote. If  the law is not               
passed, the  Seimas may charge the initiators of the draft or the               
principal Committee  to either work out a new draft or announce a               
referendum, provided  that the  required number  of signatures of               
Seimas members have been collected.                                             
     As necessary, a resolution concerning the enforcement of the               
law shall  be considered  and passed, and the law repealing other               
laws or  articles thereof  which are  not in  conformity with the               
enacted law shall be considered and adopted during the passage of               
the law.                                                                        
                                                                                
     Article 212-1.  If the  Statute of  the Seimas  is  violated               
during the  passage of  a law, the Seimas Speaker, a Committee, a               
parliamentary group,  or the  Government may  address the  Seimas               
with a justified petition proposing the revocation of the adopted               
proposal, as  long as  the law  has not  yet been  signed by  the               
President of  the Republic.  Should such  a petition be received,               
the  Commission   on  Ethics  and  Procedures  must  present  its               
conclusions and proposals to the Seimas within 5 workdays.                      
     In the  event that  the Commission  on Ethics and Procedures               
states that  the legislative  procedure or  any other significant               
provisions of  this Statute  have been grossly violated, and that               
this conditioned  the decision  of the  Seimas, the  Seimas shall               
decide by  vote whether to revoke the disputed law or to leave it               
in effect.  Such a  vote must  be held  with the participation of               
more than a half of the Seimas members.                                         
     Should the  Seimas revoke its former decision concerning the               
draft, the  consideration thereof may be continued from the stage               
when the violation was committed.                                               
                                                                                
     Article 213. If the draft law or the proposal concerning the               
passing thereof is rejected at any stage of consideration, it may               
be submitted  again, but  no sooner than 6 months thereafter. The               
rejected drafts shall be returned to the Seimas Chancellor.                     
                                                                                
     Chapter 23b. Consideration at Seimas Sittings of Draft Laws                
    which have been Returned by the President of the Republic                   
                                                                                
     Article 213-1.  If, pursuant  to Par. 1 of Article 71 of the               
Constitution, the  President of  the Republic returns a draft law               
which has  been passed  by the  Seimas to  the Seimas  for repeat               
consideration, the Seimas Speaker shall notify the Seimas thereof               
at the next sitting.                                                            
     The Seimas  must decide  by voting  whether to  consider the               
returned law  anew, or whether to deem the law as not having been               
passed. In  the latter  case, the  Seimas may  charge one  of the               
Committees to  prepare a  new draft  of the law or form a working               
group for the above purpose. A discussion may precede voting.                   
     Should the  decision be made to consider the draft law anew,               
the Seimas  must decide  at the same sitting which Committees the               
returned draft  law as  well as  the amendments  and  supplements               
submitted by  the President  of the Republic shall be referred to               
for examination.                                                                
                                                                                
     Article 213-2.  Consideration of  the returned  law  in  the               
Committees and  at  the  Seimas  sitting  shall  be  prepared  in               
accordance with  the requirements  set forth  in Part  5 of  this               
Statute. However, said law may not be considered according to the               
procedure of  special urgency,  and constitutional  laws may also               
not be considered according to the procedure of urgency.                        
     During the above consideration a decision shall be passed on               
whether to accept all of the amendments and supplements submitted               
by the President of the Republic or whether to vote on the entire               
draft law without amendments.                                                   
     During consideration  at the  Seimas sitting, the Seimas may               
pass  a  resolution  to  announce  a  referendum  concerning  the               
enactment of  the law  returned by the President of the Republic,               
provided that the required number of signatures of Seimas members               
has been collected.                                                             
                                                                                
     Article 213-3.  During passage  of the  returned law, a vote               
shall first of all be taken on whether or not to adopt all of the               
amendments and  supplements submitted  by the  President  of  the               
Republic.                                                                       
     A law  which has  been repeatedly  considered by  the Seimas               
shall be  deemed passed provided that more than half (in the case               
of a  constitutional law  -- at  least 3/5)  of all of the Seimas               
members voted in favour thereof.                                                
     If  during  consideration  the  Seimas  adopts  all  of  the               
amendments and  supplements submitted  by the  President  of  the               
Republic, the  repeatedly considered  law shall be deemed to have               
been passed  provided that  the majority  of the  Seimas  members               
participating in the sitting (in the case of a constitutional law               
-- more  than half  of all  the Seimas  members) voted  in favour               
thereof.                                                                        
     In all  cases, 3/5  majority vote  of all the Seimas members               
shall  be   required  for   the  adoption   of  amendments  to  a               
constitutional laws,  and 2/3  majority vote  of all  the  Seimas               
members shall  be required  for the  adoption of  laws concerning               
amendments to the Constitution.                                                 
                                                                                
         Chapter 24. Consideration of Laws according to                         
            Procedures of Urgency or Special Urgency                            
                                                                                
      Article 214. Projects of Seimas resolutions and, should the               
Seimas so decide, draft laws, shall be considered according to                  
the procedure of urgency.                                                       
     The  above  procedure  shall  be  used  upon  the  justified               
proposal of  the President of the Republic, the Seimas Board, the               
competent Committee, parliamentary groups, or the Government. The               
decision to  consider a  draft law  according to the procedure of               
urgency may  as a  rule be  adopted during  the presentation of a               
draft law  by a  majority of  voting members,  provided that said               
majority is more than 1/3 of all the Seimas members.                            
                                                                                
     Article 215.  If the  urgent procedure  of consideration  is               
applied, the  time period  between the  stages of consideration--               
consideration in  the  Committee,  consideration  in  the  Seimas               
sitting, and  passage --  shall be  shortened. Said  time periods               
must not be shorter than 1 workday or longer than 3 workdays. The               
Seimas  shall   establish  the   concrete  terms   in  each  case               
separately,  however,   in  each   case,  the   draft  law  under               
consideration must  be distributed to the Seimas members at least               
1 day  prior to  the sitting  at which  it will  be considered or               
passed.                                                                         
                                                                                
     Article 219.  On the  proposal of  the Seimas  Speaker,  the               
President of  the Republic, or the Government, drafts of laws and               
resolutions of  the Seimas  may be  considered according  to  the               
procedure of  special urgency.  The decision  to apply  the above               
procedure shall  be adopted  by a majority vote of all the Seimas               
members participating in the sitting, provided that said majority               
is more  than 1/3  of all  the Seimas  members, and  only  if  no               
parliamentary groups object thereto.                                            
     According to  the above  procedure, if  the draft  has  been               
distributed to the Seimas members and the requirements prescribed               
in  Chapter  21  of  this  Statute  have  been  implemented,  the               
procedure  of  passage  may  be  commenced  immediately  and  the               
requirements of parts 1 and 2 of Article 208 of the Statute shall               
not be applied.                                                                 
                                                                                
        Chapter 25. Amendments to the Constitution of the                       
 Republic of Lithuania and Consideration of Constitutional Laws                 
                                                                                
     Article  220.   The  following   shall  be   deemed  to   be               
constitutional laws:                                                            
     1)  Constitutional   amendments.  The   procedure  of  their               
consideration and  passage shall  be established in Chapter 14 of               
the Constitution, Article 153, and this Chapter of the Statute of               
the Seimas; and                                                                 
     2) laws  which are directly specified in the Constitution as               
well  as   other  laws   which  are   included  in  the  list  of               
constitutional  laws   and  which  give  concrete  expression  to               
constitutional norms.  The procedure  of their  consideration and               
passage shall be defined in Article 69 of the Constitution and in               
this Chapter of the Statute.                                                    
                                                                                
     Article 221.  The list of constitutional laws referred to in               
Par. 2  of Article  220 of  the Statute  of the  Seimas shall  be               
established by  the Seimas  by a  3/5 majority vote of the Seimas               
members. Laws which have already been passed may also be included               
in the  list if  the Seimas  arrives at  the conclusion that said               
laws  are,   according  to   their  content   and   significance,               
constitutional.                                                                 
     Drafts of  constitutional laws  as well  as their amendments               
and supplements  must correspond to the requirements set forth in               
Par. 2  of Article  220 of this Statute. Upon disagreement, legal               
disputes shall be resolved by the Committee on State and Law.                   
                                                                                
     Article 222.  Consideration of the draft Law on Amendment of               
the Constitution  shall commence in the Seimas only in cases when               
the draft  is submitted  by a group of at least 1/4 of the Seimas               
members or  at least  300,000 electors  who have  expressed their               
will by  putting their  signatures under the text of the proposed               
amendment, with  the exception  of  cases  provided  for  in  the               
Constitution which  provide for  Constitutional amendment only by               
referendum.                                                                     
     The Constitution  may not  be  amended  during  a  state  of               
emergency or martial law.                                                       
                                                                                
     Article 223.  Drafts of  constitutional amendments and other               
constitutional laws  shall be  registered, submitted, considered,               
and passed according to the procedure established in Chapters 21-               
23b of  this Statute,  with the exception of provisions set forth               
in this  Chapter. Said  drafts may not be considered according to               
the procedures of urgency or special urgency.                                   
     Before commencing  consideration of such a draft at a Seimas               
sitting, the  draft must be considered by the principal Committee               
which is  examining said  draft within  the 10-day  period  prior               
thereto, and  distributed to  the Seimas members and delivered to               
the Government  within the  7-day  period  prior  thereto.  After               
consideration at the Seimas sitting, the procedure of passing the               
law shall commence no sooner than 10 days thereafter.                           
     The Committee  on State  and  Law  shall  be  the  principal               
Committee  examining   drafts  of   laws  on   amendment  of  the               
Constitution.                                                                   
     It shall  be  prohibited  to  restrict  discussions  on  the               
constitutional  law   which  is  under  consideration,  with  the               
exception of  cases when  such a  decision is  adopted by  a  3/5               
majority vote of the Seimas members.                                            
                                                                                
     Article 223-1.  Laws on  constitutional amendments  shall be               
passed in  accordance with the double voting procedure: the draft               
shall be  considered, and  voting in  the Seimas thereon shall be               
held, twice,  with an  adjournment of  at least  3 months between               
voting.                                                                         
     A law  on amendment  of the  Constitution shall be deemed to               
have been  passed by the Seimas provided that at least 2/3 of all               
the Seimas  members voted  in favour  thereof during each voting,               
and that  the same  text of  the amendment, with the exception of               
editor's corrections  approved by  the Seimas  by a 2/3 vote, was               
put to the vote each time.                                                      
     A constitutional  amendment which has not been passed may be               
submitted to the Seimas for repeat consideration no sooner than 1               
year thereafter.                                                                
                                                                                
     Article 223-2.  Other constitutional laws shall be deemed to               
have been  passed if  more than a half of the Seimas members vote               
in favour thereof.                                                              
     Amendments to  said constitutional laws or laws which repeal               
or amend the laws which have been in effect prior thereto must be               
passed by a 3/5 majority vote of all the Seimas members by taking               
a single vote thereon.                                                          
                                                                                
                  Chapter 26. Adoption of Resolutions                           
                                                                                
     Article 224. A resolution shall be a non-standard act of the               
Seimas which  shall be  adopted when it is required to confirm in               
writing the  opinion of  the Seimas  on any  issue  which  is  of               
national  importance.  Other  non-standard  acts  of  the  Seimas               
(appeals, declarations, etc.) shall be adopted in the same manner               
as resolutions.                                                                 
     The right  of initiative  to submit  a resolution  shall  be               
vested in  the President  of the Republic, members of the Seimas,               
Committees, parliamentary  groups, and  the Government. Proposals               
to consider  a resolution  may be submitted during the discussion               
of the agenda of a week's or a day's sittings.                                  
                                                                                
     Article 225.  The text  of the draft of a resolution must be               
presented to  the Seimas  members at  least one  day prior to the               
consideration thereof.                                                          
     During consideration,  a representative of the initiators of               
the draft  of the resolution shall be granted the floor and shall               
answer  questions;   thereafter,  a   discussion  shall  be  held               
according to the general procedure.                                             
                                                                                
     Article 226. After consideration the Seimas shall resolve:                 
     1) to  adopt the resolution without amendment. Said proposal               
may not  be adopted  if any  of the  parliamentary groups objects               
thereto;                                                                        
     2) to edit the draft of the resolution; or                                 
     3) to  reject the  draft of  the resolution or to charge the               
preparation of a new draft.                                                     
                                                                                
     Article 227.  Should it  be decided to edit the draft of the               
resolution, the  Seimas shall  assign the  date and  time of  its               
consideration and  shall form a drafting commission. No more than               
9 members  of the  Seimas may  be on the commission. The drafting               
commission must  include at  least one  initiator of the draft of               
the resolution.  Other members  of the  Seimas shall submit their               
written proposals to the drafting commission.                                   
                                                                                
     Article 228.  After the  drafting commission  announces  the               
revised text,  new  proposals  may  be  considered  only  on  the               
decision of the Seimas.                                                         
     Should the  drafting commission  reject the  proposals which               
have been  submitted in  advance, the Seimas shall take a vote on               
said proposals  at the  request of  the submitters  thereof. Upon               
completion of  the voting  on alternative  proposals, the  entire               
text of the resolution shall be voted on.                                       
                                                                                
              Chapter 27. Approval of State Budget                              
                                                                                
     Article 229. Upon drawing up the draft State Budget for the                
following year, the Government shall submit said draft to the                   
Seimas Chancellor by the 15th of October. Upon receipt of the                   
draft, the Chancellor shall forward copies thereof to the                       
Committees and parliamentary groups within 2 workdays.                          
     The report  of the  Government on  the draft Budget shall be               
heard at  the next sitting of the Seimas. Thereafter, at least 10               
days shall  be assigned  for consideration of the draft Budget in               
Committees and parliamentary groups. Sittings of the Seimas shall               
not be held during the above-specified period.                                  
                                                                                
     Article 230.  The Committees  shall examine  the chapters of               
the draft  State Budget  in accordance with their competence, and               
shall formulate  their conclusions and amendments and submit them               
by the  5th day  of November  to  the  Committee  on  Budget  and               
Finance.                                                                        
     Representatives of  the  Government  and  the  Committee  on               
Budget and Finance shall be invited to the sittings of Committees               
during which  the draft  State Budget  is  to  be  examined.  The               
Government must  furnish the Committees with all the data whereon               
the draft Budget is based.                                                      
                                                                                
     Article 231.  At all  stages of  consideration of  the draft               
State Budget,  Committees, parliamentary  groups, and  individual               
members of the Seimas may propose an increase in the expenditures               
provided for in the draft only on condition that they specify the               
sources of financing said expenditure.                                          
     It shall  not be  permitted to  propose a  decrease  in  the               
expenditures included in the draft Budget pursuant to laws, other               
standard  acts   adopted  by   the  Seimas,   and   international               
obligations of  the Republic  of  Lithuania.  Should  the  Seimas               
desire to reduce said expenditure, it must first of all amend the               
appropriate standard acts.                                                      
                                                                                
     Article 232.  Proposals to  increase or  reduce the  revenue               
provided for  in the  draft Budget must be submitted as drafts of               
laws on  the amendment  or  repeal  of  taxation  laws  or  other               
standard acts which regulate State revenue, or as new draft laws.               
     The Seimas  shall consider the above drafts according to the               
general procedure together with the draft State Budget.                         
                                                                                
     Article 233.  Upon  receipt  of  the  conclusions  of  other               
Committees  and  of  the  opinions  and  proposed  amendments  of               
parliamentary groups,  the Committee on Budget and Finance shall,               
together   with    the   representatives   of   the   Government,               
parliamentary groups,  and other  Committees, consider  the draft               
State Budget and formulate conclusions thereon.                                 
     The Committee  on Budget  and Finance  must either adopt the               
amendments to  the Budget  Law proposed  by another  Committee if               
said amendments  are within  the competence  of the Committee, or               
reject said amendments, presenting a justified response.                        
     All Committees  of the  Seimas shall  also  be  entitled  to               
submit proposals  to amend those chapters of the Budget which are               
not within  their competence.  In such an event, the Committee on               
Budget and Finance shall not be obligated to notify the Committee               
of the adopted decision.                                                        
                                                                                
     Article 234.  The draft  State Budget  must be considered at               
the Seimas  sitting no later than by the 15th of November. At the               
sitting, a report of the Committee on Budget and Finance shall be               
heard, and  conclusions of  other Committees (if said conclusions               
were not  reflected in  the  report)  as  well  as  opinions  and               
commentaries  of   parliamentary  groups  and  individual  Seimas               
members shall be submitted.                                                     
                                                                                
     Article 235.  The second  deliberation of  the  draft  State               
Budget shall  be conducted  within  10  days  after  the  primary               
deliberation  of  the  draft;  at  the  second  deliberation  the               
Government shall present the draft revised in accordance with the               
received  proposals  and  commentaries.  During  the  sitting,  a               
representative of  the Government  shall announce which proposals               
and amendments submitted by Committees, parliamentary groups, and               
individual members  have been  included in  the draft  Budget and               
which have been rejected, shall give reasons for said rejections,               
and shall answer questions of the Seimas members.                               
     After the  discussion, a vote shall be taken on assigning at               
one of  the next  Seimas sittings  the passage  of  a  law  which               
approves the  State Budget.  Prior to  the  commencement  of  the               
sitting, new  proposals and  amendments shall be submitted to the               
representative of  the  Government  according  to  the  procedure               
established in  Article 208  of this  Statute. Should  there be a               
great number of significant comments concerning the draft Budget,               
said draft  may be  returned to  the Government  for revision. No               
                                                                                
more than  10 days  shall be  allotted therefor;  thereafter, the               
procedure of second deliberation shall be resumed.                              
                                                                                
     Article 236.  Alternative proposals and amendments which are               
objected to  by the  Government but which meet the conditions set               
forth in Articles 231 and 232 of this Chapter may be adopted only               
after more  than half  of all  the Seimas  members vote in favour               
thereof.                                                                        
     Upon considering  the proposals  and amendments and adopting               
decisions thereon, the Seimas must vote on the entire draft State               
Budget.                                                                         
                                                                                
     Article 237.  In the event that the Seimas rejects the draft               
State Budget,  one more deliberation shall be assigned to be held               
no sooner  than 5  days, and no later than 10 days, after, during               
which a  draft revised  in accordance  with the  comments of  the               
Committees, parliamentary groups, and members of the Seimas shall               
be presented.  The deliberation  shall be  conducted according to               
the procedure provided for in Article 235 of this Chapter.                      
                                                                                
     Article 238.  The Budget  shall be  approved pursuant to the               
indices established  in the  Law on  Budgeting of the Republic of               
Lithuania. The appropriations according to the chapters of budget               
expenditure  shall   be  also   be  concurrently   approved.  The               
appropriations shall be mandatory to all executors of the Budget.               
                                                                                
     Article 239.  Should the Government resign by reason of non-               
approval of  the State  Budget, the draft Budget submitted by the               
new Government  shall be considered and approved according to the               
procedure provided  for in  Articles 229-237 of this Statute. The               
time of  consideration shall  be fixed  by a  resolution  of  the               
Seimas which  shall be  adopted no  later than on the next day of               
sittings after  the new Government has been granted authorization               
to act.                                                                         
                                                                                
     Article 239-1.  In the event of failure to approve the State               
Budget within  the established time limits, the monthly budgetary               
expenditure in  the beginning  of the  budget year may not exceed               
1/12 of the State Budget expenditure of the preceding year.                     
                                                                                
     Article 240.  The Seimas  may revise  the Budget  during the               
budget year.  The  Budget  shall  be  revised  according  to  the               
procedure of  budget-making and shall be adopted and approved. As               
necessary, the Seimas may approve an additional budget.                         
     In the  event that  funds which cannot be allocated from the               
Government Reserve  Fund or  additional funds  which are obtained               
during the performance of the Budget are required, the Government               
shall  submit   to  the  Seimas  a  draft  law  on  supplementary               
appropriations. The  purpose and  amount of the required funds as               
well as the source of the financing thereof shall be specified in               
the draft.                                                                      
     Adhering to  the conditions  stipulated in  Articles 231 and               
232  of   this  Chapter,   Committees,  parliamentary  groups  or               
individual members  of the  Seimas may propose a draft law on the               
revision of certain budget expenditure clauses.                                 
     In the  above case, a law shall be passed by a majority vote               
of the  Seimas members participating in the sitting provided that               
the  Government   has  no   objections  thereto.  Otherwise,  the               
affirmative vote  of more  than a  half of all the Seimas members               
shall be required for passing the law.                                          
                                                                                
      Article  241. Resolutions  of  the  Seimas  concerning  the               
ratification or  denunciation of  international treaties  may  be               
adopted if  more than  half of  all the  Seimas members  vote  in               
favour thereof.                                                                 
                                                                                
     Part 5  of the  Statute of the Seimas shall take effect on 1               
January 1994.                                                                   
                                                                                
                                                                                
Speaker of the Seimas                                                           
of the Republic of Lithuania            Ceslovas Jursenas