Temporary Committees

Temporary Committees

There are three kinds of Temporary Committees: Special Committees,  Investigative Committees and External Committees.

Special Committees are designed to report on the following proposals:

  • Amendment to the Constitution;
  • Code Bills,
  • Amendment to the Chamber Rules;
  • Referring to charges of responsibility crime of the President, Vice-President or State Ministers.


The Investigative Committees (CPI) investigate a certain fact of relevant interest to public life and to the judicial, economic and social order of the country. 

External Committees permit the performance of specific parliamentary duties outside the building of the Chamber of Deputies. 

Besides the subject matter, the Standing Committees and Special Committees also act on judging if a proposal complies with the Constitution or not (the so-called judge of admissibility). On top of that, two committees have a special prerogative on its subject matter jurisdiction, i.e., they take the vote and decide whether the bill must be discharged from further consideration or not.

The Committee on Constitution, Justice and on Citizenship (CCJC) considers the bills compliance to the Constitution and the country’s legislation in general. The Committee on Finances and Taxation (CFT) analyzes the bill’s financial feasibility and/or budgetary adequacy. They have the so-called final opinion.

If more than three subject matters are involved, the bill may be referred to a Special Committee which will act on the total bill, considering the subject matter, judging the compliance to legislation and financial and budgetary feasibility as well.