The bill about the makeup of the next Senate passed the second reading of the parliament about noon today. The bill is expected to be debated in the third and final reading tentatively on September 27.
According to the bill, all the 200 senators will be elected and there is no restriction against spouses, parents and children of the current lawmakers to contest for senatorial posts. Senators whose term is due to expire next year can contest without have to wait for a couple of years as required by the existing charter. Also, appointed senators are allowed to serve out their full term regardless of the enforcement of the amendments bill.
Senator Somchai Sawaengkarn, one of the 40 anti-government senators, said that they need to prepare a solid case before it is submitted to the Constitution Court. He maintained that change of the makeup of the Senate may go against the Constitution.