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Principles governing the Asembly's action

The Assembly of Madrid ‘s activity is based on the three principles of autonomy (Section 12 of the Statute of Devolution), continuity (permanencia, Sect. 14, subs. 2, thereof) and immunity (inviolabilidad, Sec. 5 of the Assembly’s Rules of Procedure).
The Assembly has autonony, within the limits of the principles op hierarcfhy and jurisdiction, to:
  • Adopt its own working rules, whether of parlaimentary or administrative nature (self-regulating power).
    • In the exercise of this parliamentary self-regulation principle the Assembly has so far adopted three Standing Orders or sets of Rules of procedure (reglamentos parlamentarios): the Interim Rules of l983, the 1984 Standing Ordres and exsting, Rules of Procedure of January 30,1997 as well as other lower-rank executive provisions, some of the with a previous favourable opinion of the Board of Spokesmen, some others after non-binding consultation of the Board or even without it.
    • We may quote as the main administrative provisionsthe Staff Regulations Estatuto de Personal de la Asamblea de Madrid, adopted by the full House's Resolution of 28th November 2001 and the Internal Administration Regulations (Reglamento de Régimen Interior) adopted by the Bureau on Decdember 4, 2001, revised in 2002. Reglamento de Régimen Interior.
  • Adopt its own Budget (Presupuestos) and make use of otherwise dispose of its own assets (financial autonomy) The Assembly adopts every year its own Budget (Sect. 49, subs. 1, paragr. F, fourth recital, of the Rules of Procedure) which subsequently becomes part of the Madrid Community’s whole regional Budget.
  • Set up its own parliamentary and administrative organization (organisational autonomy).The Assembly is free, albeit within legally fixed limits, to design the arrangement of its parliamentary and administrative structure.
  • Lay down its internal appeal procedures, both parliamentary and administrative ones (self-jurisdiction), notwithstanding ultimate revision by trhe appropriate judicial bodies.
As the Legislature is a continuously functioning body of indefinite duration, it remains in existence even when it formally stops functioning, be it because of early dissolution, i.e. before expiry of its four-year term (Sects. 18, subs. 2, and 21 of the Statute of Devolution) or of ordinary expiry (Sect. 10, subs. 1 of said Statute) In these cases the Assembly survives in the form of its Standing Deputation (Diputación Permanente) , a restricted body inspired in Spanish constitutional law and practice ever since the beginning of the XIX century consisting of the Speaker and a relatively small number of members in proportional representation of the political groups of the House, and entrusted with the task of temporarily carrying out the ordinary day-to-day business of the Asembly (except of course the las-making function) until a new House is elected and constituted (Sect. 14, subs. 2, of the Statute of Devolution and Sects. 79 and 83 of the Assembly’s Rules of Procedure.
It is intended to be a safeguard of the political and legal scheme designed by the Statute of Devolution against possible interference y other powers or jurisdictions or by citizens themselves with the intention to obstruct or to impede the fulfilment of functions and responsibilities vested in the Assembly.

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