China's national legislature plans to deliberate 20 draft laws including an amendment to the criminal procedural law and draft social insurance law.
Ten to 15 of the 20 draft laws are expected to be adopted in 2007, according to the 2007 legislation plan of the Standing Committee of the Tenth National People's Congress announced yesterday.
The draft property law and draft corporate income tax law will be deliberated and are expected to be approved at the upcoming fifth session of the Tenth NPC in March.
The NPC Standing Committee will continue to deliberate draft laws on labor contracts, emergency responses, administrative measures, drugs and anti-monopoly measures in 2007.
Thirteen draft laws will be submitted to China's legislature for first reading this year, including draft employment promotion law, draft labor dispute arbitration law, draft town and country planning law, draft energy saving law, draft lawyer law, draft amendment to civil procedural law, draft circular economy law, draft seventh amendment to criminal law, draft amendment to science and technology progress law, draft illegal acts corrective law, draft amendment to criminal procedural law, draft social insurance law and draft amendment to food safety law.
According to the legislation plan, China will have 230 effective laws by early 2008.
An official with the NPC Standing Committee said the Tenth NPC will end its five-year tenure in early 2008. After the annual legislation plan of 2007 is fulfilled, the Tenth NPC's objective to basically establish a socialist legal system with Chinese characteristics will be realized.