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Live crossover: Top legislature passes agenda for annual Congress session

02-27-2014 19:40 BJT Special Report: 2014 NPC & CPPCC Sessions |

The Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress has wrapped up its bimonthly meeting. The country’s top legislature has passed the agenda for the Congress Session among other bills.

Hou Na, reports from the Great Hall of the People, "During the three-day session, one of the major tasks for the top legislature is to get ready for the annual congress session to be held next month. Lawmakers passed the agenda of the annual session, the candidates for the session’s presidium and secretary-general, as well as the list of observers at the session.

They have also passed the work report on the NPC Standing Committee which will be submitted to the annual session. During the discussion on the work report, lawmakers described the legislature’s work in the past year as "a good beginning" with improved efficiency and effects.

Top legislator Zhang Dejiang said the quality of legislation has been improved since the top legislature introduced new legislative methods. The public used to be informed and asked for opinion about a bill once, usually after its first reading. Last year, the legislature started to add one round of opinion soliciting after the second reading of a bill.

In another new move, outside experts and parties of interest were invited to evaluate bills before they were put to vote. Through these methods, opinions from different sectors were pooled, helping lawmakers draft better motions. Also, there are things that needs to be improved. As more laws are issued and people’s legal awareness increases, there will be increasing need for explanation of laws in legal practice, and the NPC should make arrangements to meet these needs.

They also passed the motions on making December 13 a national memorial day to commemorate those killed during the Nanjing Massacre in the 1930s, and designating September 3 as "Victory Day of the Chinese People’s War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression.

The meeting also saw a bill on revising the workplace safety law tabled for first hearing, in an attempt to close possible loopholes. It is the first amendment attempt since the law took effect in 2002. "


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