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Standing orders 1848-1990

The Standing Orders carry the norms of the internal organization of the National Assembly. Between 1848 and 1946 the Hungarian term for Standing Orders was házszabályok and between 1949 and 1990 it was ügyrend.

Palatine Miklós Esterházy was the first parliamentarian to come up with a recommendation for Standing Orders in Hungary in 1637 but his motion was ignored. More than two centuries had to pass before the National Assembly approved the first Standing Orders in 1848. The issues thus regulated included the verification of mandates, the constituent sitting, the order of the debates, the procedure of submitting and handling petitions, the election and competence of officeholders, and attendance at public plenary meetings. Those Standing Orders stood the test of time with hardly any changes down to 1912. Changes in the character of political power usually motivated modifications of the Standing Orders. Controversial issues were whether or not to expand the speaker’s competence, whether to enlarge or narrow the powers of the Opposition; the freedom of speech, and discipline during the plenary sittings.) The Standing Orders are also called the Parliament’s constitution. By studying the Standing Orders, a constitutional expert can ascertain far-reaching conclusions about features of the political institution concerned.

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