(i) No person shall become a Senator or Deputy:
(a) Who is not a Jordanian.
(b) Who claims foreign nationality or protection.
(c) Who was adjudged bankrupt and has not been legally discharged.
(d) Who was interdicted for any reason and the interdiction has not been removed.
(e) Who was sentenced to a term of imprisonment exceeding one year for a non-political offence and has not been pardoned.
(f) Who has a material interest in any contract, other than a contract or lease of land and property, with any Department of Government, provided that this provision shall not apply to any shareholder in a company of more than ten members.
(g) Who is insane or an imbecile.
(h) Who is related to the King within a degree of consanguinity to be prescribed by special law.
(ii) Should any Senator or Deputy become disqualified during his term of office or should it appear after his election that he lacks one or more of the qualifications stated in the preceding paragraph, his membership shall, by a resolution of two-thirds of the House to which he belongs, be considered extinct and vacant, provided that such a resolution, if passed by the Senate, is submitted to the King for approval.
Subject to the provisions of Article (52) of this Constitution, no person shall be allowed to be a member of either the House of Deputies or the Senate and a holder of a public office at the same time. Public office means every office whose holder receives his salary from public funds, and it includes municipal offices. Similarly, no person is allowed to be a member of both the House of Deputies and the Senate.
Subject to the provisions of this Constitution relating to the dissolution of the House of Deputies, the National Assembly shall hold one ordinary session during every year of its term.
(i) The King shall summon the National Assembly to an ordinary session on the first day of October of each year or, if that day is an official holiday, on the first day following the official holiday, provided that the King may, by Royal Decree published in the Official Gazette, postpone for a period not exceeding two months, the summoning of the Assembly to a date to be fixed by the Royal Decree.
(ii) If the National Assembly is not summoned in accordance with the preceding paragraph, it shall assemble of its own motion as if it was so summoned.
(iii) The ordinary session of the National Assembly shall begin on the date upon which it was summoned to meet in accordance with the two preceding paragraphs, and shall last for four months unless the House of Deputies is dissolved by the King before the expiration of that period. The session may be prolonged by the King for a further period not exceeding three months to allow for the despatch of pending matters. At the expiration of the four months or any such prolongation thereof, the King shall prorogue the Assembly.
The King shall open the ordinary session of the National Assembly by a Speech from the Throne addressed to both the Senate and the House of Deputies. He may deputise the Prime Minister or any of the Ministers to perform the opening ceremony and deliver the Speech from the Throne. The House of Deputies and the Senate shall each submit a petition which shall contain its reply thereto.
Every Senator and Deputy shall, before taking his seat, take an oath before his House as follows:
“I swear by the Almighty God to be loyal to the King and to the country and uphold the Constitution, serve the Nation and duly perform the duties entrusted to me”.
(i) The King may, by Royal Decree, adjourn the sessions of the National Assembly not more than three times, or two times only if he had postponed the meeting of the National Assembly under paragraph (i) of Article (78), provided that during any one session the period of such postponement shall not exceed two months in the aggregate, including the period of postponement. In computing the term of the session, the periods covered by any such adjournment shall not be taken into account.
(ii) The Senate and the House of Deputies may adjourn their session from time to time in conformity with their own Internal Regulations.
(i) The King may, whenever necessary, convene the National Assembly to meet in an extraordinary session for an unspecified period for the purpose of deciding matters to be specified in the Royal Decree, when the summons is issued. An extraordinary session shall be prorogued by a Royal Decree.
(ii) The King may convene the National Assembly to meet in an extraordinary session at the request of an absolute majority of the Deputies. Such request shall be contained in a petition specifying the matters which it is desired to discuss.
(iii) The National Assembly shall not discuss in any extraordinary session except such matters as are specified in the Royal Decree convening the session.
The Senate and the House of Deputies shall each make its Internal Regulations for the control and organizations of its own proceedings and shall submit such Orders to the King for confirmation.
(i) No meeting of either House shall be considered valid unless it is attended by two-thirds of the members of either House, and shall continue to be considered valid as long as an absolute majority of the members of either House is present.
(ii) Resolutions by the Senate and the House of Deputies shall be taken by majority of votes of the members present, excluding the Speaker, who shall not vote except where it is otherwise provided in this Constitution. In the case of equality of votes, the Speaker shall give a casting vote.
(iii) If the voting is related to the Constitution, or to a vote of no confidence in the Council of Ministers, or in an individual Minister, the votes shall be taken by calling the names of members in a loud voice.
The sessions of both the Senate and the House of Deputies shall be held in public. Secret sessions may, however, be convened at the request of the Government or of five Senators or Deputies. If such a request is made the Senate or House of Deputies shall decide whether it should be accepted or rejected.
(i) No Senator or Deputy shall be detained or tried during the currency of the sessions of the National Assembly unless the House to which he belongs decided by an absolute majority that there is sufficient reason for his detention or trial or unless he was arrested flagrante delicto. In the event of his arrest in this manner, the House to which he belongs, shall be notified immediately.
(ii) If a member is detained for any reason while the National Assembly is not sitting, the Prime Minister shall notify the Senate or the House of Deputies when it reassembles of the proceedings which were taken against him, coupled with the necessary explanation.
Every Senator or Deputy shall have complete freedom of speech and expression of opinion within the limits of the Internal Regulations of the Senate or House of Deputies, as the case may be, and shall not be answerable in respect of any vote he gave or opinion expressed or speech made by him during the meetings of the House.
 When a seat becomes vacant in the Senate or in the House of Deputies by death or resignation or for any other reason, it shall be filled by appointment in the case of a Senator and by the holding of a by-election in the case of a deputy within a period of two months from the date on which the Government is notified of the vacancy by the House. The term of the new member shall be for the remaining part of the term of his predecessor.
However, if a seat in the House becomes vacant for any constituency for any reason and should there be force majeure on account of which the Council of Ministers considers that rendering a by-election to fill that seat is impossible, the House of Deputies, by the absolute majority of its members and within one month of its being notified thereof, shall elect a member to fill the said seat from amongst the inhabitants of the said constituency to who the provisions of the Constitution are applicable and in the manner the House deems appropriate.
(i) In addition to the circumstances under which the Senate and House of Deputies may assemble in a joint meeting as prescribed in Articles (34), (79) and (92) of this Constitution, both Houses shall also hold a joint meeting at the request of the Prime Minister.
(ii) When the Senate and House of Deputies assemble in a joint meeting, the meeting shall be presided over by the Speaker of the Senate.
(iii) A joint meeting of the Senate and House of Deputies shall not be considered valid unless an absolute majority of members of each House is present. Resolutions at such a meeting shall be taken by a majority of the Senators and Deputies present, exclusive of the Speaker who, in case of equality of votes, shall have a casting vote.
No Senator or Deputy shall be removed from his office except by a decision of the House to which he belongs, provided that, other than in the case of disqualification and combination of offices as prescribed in this Constitution and in the Electoral Law, the resolution to remove a Senator or Deputy must be taken by a two-thirds majority of the House. If the resolution of removal concerns a Senator, the decision must be submitted to the King for approval.
The Prime Minister may place before the House of Deputies any draft law and the House shall be entitled to accept, amend, or reject the draft but, in all cases, the House shall refer the draft law to the Senate. No law may be promulgated unless it is passed by both the Senate and the House of Deputies and confirmed by the King.
Should either the Senate or the House of Deputies twice reject any draft law and the other accept it, whether in a revised form or otherwise, both the Senate and the House shall assemble in a joint meeting under the chairmanship of the Speaker of the Senate to discuss the disputed points. Acceptance of the draft law shall be conditional upon the passing of a resolution by a two-thirds majority of the Senators and Deputies present. If the draft law is rejected as described above, it shall not be placed again before the House during the same session.
(i) Every draft law passed by the Senate and the House of Deputies shall be submitted to the King for his ratification.
(ii) Any law shall become effective upon the King’s promulgation after thirty days from the date of its publication in the Official Gazette unless it is specifically provided in that law that it shall come into force on any other specified date.
(iii) If the King did not see fit to give his assent to any law, He may, within six months from the date on which the law was submitted to him, return it to the House with a statement showing the reasons for with holding his assent.
(iv) If any draft law, (other than the Constitution) is referred back to the House within the period specified in the preceding paragraph and is passed, for the second time, by two-thirds of the members of each of the Senate and the House of Deputies, it must, in this case, be promulgated. If the law was not returned with the Royal assent within the period prescribed in paragraph (iii) above, it shall be considered as promulgated and effective. If any draft law fails to obtain the two-thirds majority of votes, it cannot be resubmitted during the same session, provided that the National Assembly may reconsider the draft during its next ordinary session.
(i) In cases where the National Assembly is not sitting or is dissolved, the Council of Ministers has, with the assent of the King, the power to issue provisional laws covering matters which require necessary measures which admit of no delay or which necessitate expenditures incapable of postponement. Such provisional laws, which should not contravene the provisions of the Constitution, shall have the force of law, provided that they are placed before the Assembly at the beginning of its next session and the Assembly may approve or amend such laws. In the event of the rejection of such provisional laws, the Council of Ministers shall, with the sanction of the King, immediately declare their nullity, and from the date of declaration such provisional laws shall cease to be in force provided that such nullity shall not affect any contracts or acquired rights.
(ii) Provisional laws shall have the same force and effect as the laws promulgated in accordance with paragraph (ii) of Article (93) of this Constitution.
(i) Any ten or more Senators or Deputies may propose any law. Such proposal shall be referred to the committee concerned in the House for its opinion. If the House is of the opinion that the proposal be accepted, it shall refer it to the Government for drafting it in the form of draft law, and submit it to the House either during the same session or in the following session.
(ii) Any law proposed by Senators or Deputies under the preceding paragraph and rejected by either House shall not be presented for a second time during the same session.
Any Senator or Deputy may address questions or interpellations to the Ministers concerning any public matters, as prescribed in the Internal Regulations of the Senate or the House, as the case may be. No interpellation may be debated before the lapse of eight days from the date of its receipt by the Minister, unless the case is of an urgent nature and the Minister agrees to shorten this period.