Bills in progress October 23rd

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Bills in Progress, or BiP, gives you a quick summary of where various pieces of legislation are in moving to a vote, enactment – or abandonment. Consultations too. Paid subscribers have access behind the firewall. If there is something you think we should be tracking, let us know! See LegCo Roundup for details on the meetings for each Bill.

Passed 1st reading, Adjourned 2nd reading pending discussion

Pharmacy and Poisons (Amendment) Bill 2014
Regulation of pharmaceutical products in Hong Kong. Packaging, GMP, documentation.
Last Meeting: 6th meeting on 17th July.
Next Meeting: 3rd November.

Employment (Amendment) Bill 2014
Paternity leave and compensation for male employees.
Last Meeting: 7th meeting on 8th July.
Next Meeting: TBC.

Insurance Companies (Amendment) Bill 2014
Establishment of Independent Insurance Authority (IIA) and licensing regime. HKSAT government: “Establishment of the IIA is the most important regulatory reform in the insurance sector in the past 30 years since the passage of the Insurance Companies Ordinance in 1983.”
Last Meeting: 5th meeting on 20th October.
Next Meeting: TBC.

Electronic Health Record Sharing System Bill
From suggestion to have “an eHR sharing system was put forward in the Healthcare Reform Consultation Document “Your Health, Your Life” published in March 2008.”
Last Meeting: 7th meeting on 14th October.
Next Meeting: 7th November.

Construction Workers Registration (Amendment) Bill 2014
Modification of registration scheme for modular skills in the construction industry, senior workers registration arrangement and to exempt the need to register for emergency work and small scale work.
Last Meeting: 3rd meeting on 20th October.
Next Meeting: 5th November.

Administration of Justice (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2014
Amendments to improve the court operations: appeals in civil causes or matters to the Court of Final Appeal, operation of the Labour Tribunal and more.
Last Meeting: 3rd meeting on 15th October.
Next Meeting: TBC.

Property Management Services Bill
Mandatory licensing regime which sets a minimum qualification requirement for property management companies and property management practitioners.
Last Meeting: 3rd meeting on 15th October.
Next Meeting: TBC.

Competition (Amendment) Bill 2014
To grant the Competition Tribunal more power.These powers include the power to enforce the orders of the Tribunal, the power to award interest on debts and damages and judgment debts.
Last Meeting: 2nd meeting on 30th June.
Next Meeting: TBC.

Copyright (Amendment) Bill 2014
Addressing the copyright issues for the exemption of parody work.
Last Meeting: 2nd meeting on 14th October.
Next Meeting: 4th November.

Securities and Futures and Companies Legislation (Uncertificated Securities Market Amendment) Bill 2014
To enable legal ownership in securities to be held and transferred without paper documents.
Last Meeting: 2nd meeting on 20th October.
Next Meeting: TBC.

Sex Discrimination (Amendment) Bill 2014
To protect service providers from sexual harassment by their customers.
Last Meeting: 1st meeting on 23rd July.
Next Meeting: 24th October.

Private Columbaria Bill
To establish a licensing regime to regulate private columbaria operation.
Last Meeting: 1st meeting on 29th July.
Next Meeting: 25th October.

Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes (Amendment) Bill 2014
Allowing phased withdrawal of MPF upon early retirement and terminal illness.
Last Meeting: 3rd meeting on 7th October.
Next Meeting: 27th October.

Veterinary Surgeons Registration (Amendment) Bill 2014
To broaden the membership of the Veterinary Surgeons Board and to establish the preliminary investigation committees.
Next Meeting: 1st meeting on 28th October.

Land (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Amendment) Bill 2014
To increase the penalties concerning unauthorised use of unleased lands.
Next Meeting: 1st meeting on 28th October.

District Cooling Services Bill
To legislate the charges to private non-domestic projects on the use of the district cooling services at the Kai Tak Development.
Next Meeting: Date of 1st meeting unknown.

Bills pending resumption of 2nd reading
Bill Committees have finished scrutinising the bills and members will vote for 2nd reading, the amendments to the Bills and then third reading during the Council meeting.

Electoral Legislation (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill 2014
Voter registration, agents, provisions for inclement weather, more.
Last Meeting: 5th meeting on 12th June.

Kowloon Tong Church of the Chinese Christian and Missionary Alliance Incorporation (Amendment) Bill 2014
To allow the corporation to borrow or raise money with or without security.

Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Bill
Rights for third parties, who are not a party to a contract, to enforce the contractual terms.
Last Meeting: 4th meeting on 16th June.

Child Abduction Legislation (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill 2013
International Parental Abduction.
Last Meeting: 6th meeting on 24th March.

Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2014
Amending unconstitutional elements of the Crime Ordinance, Sex Discrimination Ordinance, TDO, spam, BMO, other – all based on court rulings.
Last Meeting: 4th meeting on 17th July.

Consultations underway

Discrimination Law Review Public Consultation
To consider how they can be improved to better prevent discrimination and promote equality for everyone in Hong Kong.
Closing date on 31st October.

Stage 3 Public Engagement for Tung Chung New Town Extension Study
To identify the development potential and opportunities of Tung Chung and its adjacent areas, determine the scope of extension and improve the community and regional facilities.
Closing date on 31st October.

Public Consultation Exercise on the Renewal of the Analogue Sound Broadcasting Licences of Hong Kong Commercial Broadcasting Company Limited and Metro Broadcast Corporation Limited
Closing date on 14th November.

Consultation on Enhancements to Deposit Protection Scheme
To consult on proposals for enhancing the operation of Deposit Protection Scheme (DPS), to achieve a faster and more effective payout for depositors in case the DPS is triggered during a bank failure or crisis.
Closing date on 12th December.

Consultation on Risk-based Capital Framework for Hong Kong Insurance Industry
Closing date on 15th December.

Phase II Public Engagement Exercise for Proposed Establishment of Harbourfront Authority
Closing date on 24th December.

Invitation for submissions

Research Report on Future Development of Retirement Protection in Hong Kong
Submit to the Subcommittee on Retirement Protection by 7th November.