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The current form of the constitution of the Federal State of Berlin was put into place in 1950 in former allied-controlled West Berlin. It was applied to re-unified Berlin starting January 1991. A commission was established in September 1991 under article 88 of the Constitution to review and revise the Constitution and draft a parliamentary reform. On 18 May 1994, the commission reported its results to the city parliament, which approved a revised draft on 22 June 1995. A referendum during city and district elections on 22 October 1995 produced an overwhelming endorsement of the revised draft, with 75.1% in favour and 24.9% against.
Significant amendments include: a commitment to protecting marriage, families, and unmarried partnerships, women's equality, and the environment, as well as new provisions for referenda, and that house committee meetings will be open to the public.
The Berlin House of Representatives , has 169 representatives, who are elected for a term of four years. The House is currently in the 14th election period. The House elects the Mayor of Berlin and with the Mayor elects the 8 Senators. Only the House has the authority to dismiss a Senator. The House also controls the budget for the State of Berlin.
Senators are responsible for their respective departments. Policy disputes between Senators and the Mayor are decided by the body of Senators.