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Legislators set to review laws close to daily lives

By Cao Yin | China Daily | Updated: 2020-12-22 08:56
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China's top legislature will work to amend laws close to people's daily lives next year to enhance their sense of fulfillment, happiness and security, a senior legislator said.

"We're planning to draft some laws relating to people, such as those on family education, public health emergencies, cultural industry promotion, wetland conservation, legal aid and social relief," said Yue Zhongming, spokesman for the National People's Congress Standing Committee's Legislative Affairs Commission.

Laws on infectious disease control, noise pollution prevention, medical practitioners and women's rights are also expected to be revised in the next year, he added.

Yue released the plan at a news conference in Beijing on Monday to outline the agenda for the bimonthly session of the NPC Standing Committee, the country's top legislature.

While determined to provide better lives for people, the legislature is also planning to improve high-quality and innovation-driven development by revising laws on corporations, bankruptcy and combating monopolies and making laws on futures contracts and stamp duties, he said.

"Furthermore, we'll focus more on legal issues on emerging technologies and new industries, promoting legislation on foreign affairs and balanced development between regions," Yue said.

Looking back on this year's legislative work, he said the NPC and its standing committee made eight laws and revised nine others, adding that some others that drew widespread attention and are related to major industries, such as the draft law on personal information protection, need to be further reviewed by lawmakers next year.

Lauding the adoption of the Civil Code in May, he said it will play a big role in upholding people's dignity and protecting their property when it takes effect on Jan 1.

Yue said studies on formulating other such codes will be strengthened in the next year.

"To reach these goals, we'll make our legislative teams stronger to constantly improve our efficiency and quality in legislation," he said.

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