The green light from Montecitorio – 183 yes, 116 no, one abstention – comes after the president of the Chamber, Lorenzo Fontana, has chosen to proceed directly to the final vote, without giving space to the discussion that usually precedes it
The Chamber approved the Rave decree: 183 yes, 116 no, one abstention. The final go-ahead from Montecitorio came after President Lorenzo Fontana’s go-ahead for the “guillotine”, a parliamentary passage that brings a text of law directly to the final vote, without making room for the ordinary examination that usually precedes it. The provision, if not converted, would have expired today, December 30th. In addition to the provision that introduces article 633-bis of the Criminal Code against rave parties, the text also allows the reinstatement of health workers who have not undergone anti-Covid-19 vaccines and modifies some provisions on life imprisonment. . The decree was approved in the Senate last December 13, with 92 yes, 75 no and one abstention.
The president of the Camera Fontana decided to immediately put the decree to the vote “having ascertained the number of interventions and acknowledging the impossibility of a shared timetable on the conclusion of the examination of the decree expiring today”. As he had previously announced, “considering that all stages of the procedure have taken place and all the groups have given an explanation of vote, I am obliged in the exercise of my responsibilities to immediately put the decree-law to the vote in order to ensure that the conversion takes place in constitutional times”. The only other time that the instrument had been used was in 2014, when the president of the Chamber Laura Boldrini had applied the “guillotine” to the Imu-Bankitalia decree.
The crime of raves
The new article 633-bis of the Penal Code introduces into the law a type of crime which punishes, with imprisonment from three to six years and a fine from one thousand to 10 thousand euros, the organizers and promoters of episodes of “arbitrary invasion of or public or private buildings of others” with the aim of “carrying out a musical gathering or having another entertainment purpose”. However, the gathering must create “a concrete danger to public health or public safety”, motivated by the non-compliance of the rules on narcotic substances “or on the matter of safety or hygiene of shows and public entertainment events, also due to the number of participants or the state of the places”. The confiscation of “the things that served or were intended to commit the crime” and “of the things that are the product or profit thereof” is also envisaged.
The text had gone forward to last November 1 (instead of December 31) the expiry of the vaccination obligation for doctors and health workers not vaccinated against the coronavirus, thus allowing their immediate return to work. The 100 euro fines with which people over 50 who had not undergone the vaccine were then suspended until 30 June 2023. The decree also eliminated the obligation to be in possession of a valid Green Pass to be able to enter the RSA and social-welfare, social-health and hospice structures and in the inpatient wards of hospital structures, as visitors or escorts. The obligation of the green pass for carers to stay in the waiting rooms of the emergency and first aid departments has also been repealed, as well as the obligation to undergo the rapid or molecular antigen test for access to first aid services.