BEIJING, Aug. 23 (Xinhua) -- China's top legislature Monday started discussing a draft law amendment that aims to further specify the rights and duties of lawmakers.
The draft amendment to the Law on Deputies to the National People's Congress (NPC) and Local People's Congresses at Various Levels was submitted to the bimonthly meeting of the NPC Standing Committee for its first reading.
In most cases, a draft law will be read two or three times before being voted for adoption.
The amendment seeks to ensure lawmakers better perform their duties and increase supervision of them.
The draft also proposes the government ensure the performance of the lawmakers by guaranteeing adequate funding for law making duties, including a provision that specifies the government must incorporate the funding into its budget.