CHINA China's top legislature starts standing committee session

CHINA

China's top legislature starts standing committee session

Xinhua

06:53, August 18, 2021

Li Zhanshu, chairman of the National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee, presides over the first plenary meeting of the 30th session of the 13th NPC Standing Committee in Beijing, capital of China, Aug. 17, 2021. (Photo: Xinhua)

BEIJING, Aug. 17 (Xinhua) -- The Standing Committee of the 13th National People's Congress (NPC), China's top legislature, started its 30th session Tuesday in Beijing.

Li Zhanshu, chairman of the NPC Standing Committee, presided over the session's first plenary meeting.

Lawmakers reviewed draft laws on personal information protection, supervisors, legal aid, and physicians. They also reviewed a draft revision to the Military Service Law.

In reports submitted to the session, the NPC Constitution and Law Committee said the five drafts are mature enough and suggested them be passed at the session.

The NPC Constitution and Law Committee also submitted to the session draft laws on combating organized crime, on family education and on land border.

The three drafts all returned to the legislature for a second reading.

Lawmakers deliberated for the first time draft revisions to the Law on Scientific and Technological Progress and the Law on the Prevention and Control of Environmental Noise Pollution, and draft amendments to the Seed Law and the Population and Family Planning Law.

The session reviewed a draft decision of the NPC Standing Committee on the addition to the list of national laws in Annex III to the Basic Law of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, and a draft decision of the NPC Standing Committee on the addition to the list of national laws in Annex III to the Basic Law of the Macao Special Administrative Region.

Lawmakers also deliberated a draft decision on authorizing the Supreme People's Court to launch a pilot reform of the trial-level system, among other bills.

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