Federal Council approves Infection Protection Act.
After the Bundestag, the Bundesrat likewise endorsed the correction to the Infection Protection Act. In the meantime, the Federal President has also signed it.
After the Bundestag, the Bundesrat also allowed the changes to the Infection Protection Act to pass. In a special session on Thursday, the regional chamber refrained from calling the mediation committee on the law that the Bundestag had passed the day before. There was no formal vote. Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier then signed the law, which now only needs to be published in the Federal Law Gazette.
All six Prime Ministers who spoke during the debate raised serious concerns. However, due to the ongoing corona pandemic, they recognized the need for action and did not want to stop the law.
The prime ministers mainly had constitutional concerns – primarily because of the rigid emergency brake – and problems with the practical implementation. They complained that the federal government had not taken into account the states’ experiences in fighting pandemics.
Federal Council President Reiner Haseloff (CDU) criticized the shift of powers to the federal government. “Today is a low point for me in the federal culture of the Federal Republic of Germany,” said the Prime Minister of Saxony-Anhalt. The regional chamber is advising on a law “the creation, design and result of which are unsatisfactory”. The Saarland Prime Minister Tobias Hans (CDU) said: “Whether this shift of competence to the federal level represents a more effective way of fighting a pandemic, this proof has not yet been produced. And it has to be produced.”