As the date for recommencement of the proceedings of the legislature is fast approaching, the State legislature has intensified efforts to understand the processes adopted in other States for conducting debate on the Reorganisation Bill.

Speaker of the Assembly Nadendla Manohar, accompanied by Legislature Secretary S. Rajasadaram, reached Lucknow on Wednesday to hold discussions with the senior officials on the procedures they followed in discussing the Bill. The discussions, according to Mr. Manohar, would centre around the legislative processes, allotment of time to political parties and examining provisions relating to voting on the Bill.

The visit comes after the A.P. Reorganisation Bill 2013 was referred to the legislature by President Pranab Mukherjee. Since there was no precedent of such a Bill being introduced in either of the Houses in Andhra Pradesh, the Legislature Department had preferred understanding the processes adopted in other States.

Accordingly, the Speaker would hold meetings with the UP Assembly Speaker and senior officials on Thursday. This will be followed by a meeting with legislature officials of Bihar in Patna on Friday.

“The Bill referred to the House had only administrative processes. We are in the process of collecting details related to legislative processes, including how parties are involved in the debate,” Mr. Manohar told The Hindu.

Guidelines

The exercise was also aimed at evolving a system wherein elaborate guidelines could be issued to members about their participation in the debate.