FUNCTIONS AND ROLES OF THE REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE COUNCILS (DPD) OF THE REPUBLIC OF INDONESIA IN STRENGTHENING REGIONAL AUTONOMY IN THE BICAMERAL GOVERNMENT SYSTEM
Author(s): Muchtar Herman Putra*
Since the amendment of the 1945 Constitution, the Indonesian parliamentary system has changed from a unicameral system to a bicameral system. The manifestation of this institution has awakened the hopes of local people that regional problems can be fought for at the national level. However, if we pay attention to the functions, powers, and tasks that have been regulated in Article 22 D of the 1945 Constitution and Law Number 22 of 2003 concerning the composition and position of the in the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR), the House of Representatives (DPR), the Regional Representative Council (DPD) and Regional People's Representative Assembly (DPRD), there are many assumptions that whether the functions of the Regional Representative Council can be representing regional interests. The Regional Representative Council (DPD) does not only function as counseling for the regional autonomy council, it does not serve the legislative body as a country that adopts a bicameral system. Amendments to the 1945 constitution are the main way to strengthen the position of this institution as a companion to the DPR.