Bills in progress January 9th

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Latest status of the Bills and the current consultations. For more details, read our LegCo round-up.

Passed 1st reading, Adjourned 2nd reading pending discussion

 

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: 9th meeting on 22nd December.
  • Next Meeting: 12th January.

 

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: 9th meeting on 8th December.
  • Next Meeting: 13th January.

 

Property Management Services Bill

Mandatory licensing regime which sets a minimum qualification requirement for property management companies and property management practitioners.

  • Last Meeting: 5th meeting on 25th November.
  • Next Meeting: 12th January.

 

Copyright (Amendment) Bill 2014 – dubbed “The Article 23 of the Internet”

Addressing the copyright issues for the exemption of parody work.

  • Last Meeting: 6th meeting on 6th January.
  • Next Meeting: 20th January.

 

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: 4th meeting on 15th December.
  • Next Meeting: 22nd January.

 

Private Columbaria Bill

To establish a licensing regime to regulate private columbaria operation.

  • Last Meeting: 4th meeting on 15th December.
  • Next Meeting: 23rd January.

 

Veterinary Surgeons Registration (Amendment) Bill 2014

To broaden the membership of the Veterinary Surgeons Board and to establish the preliminary investigation committees.

  • Last Meeting: 4th meeting on 5th January.
  • Next Meeting: 12th January.

 

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.

  • Last Meeting: 4th meeting on 5th January.
  • Next Meeting: 13th January.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Land (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Amendment) Bill 2014

To increase the penalties concerning unauthorised use of unleased lands.

  • Last Meeting: 2nd meeting on 24th November.

 

Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes (Amendment) Bill 2014

Allowing phased withdrawal of MPF upon early retirement and terminal illness.

  • Last Meeting: 6th meeting on 2nd December.

 

Pharmacy and Poisons (Amendment) Bill 2014

Regulation of pharmaceutical products in Hong Kong.  Packaging, GMP, documentation.

  • Last Meeting: 9th meeting on 16th December..

 

Stamp Duty (Amendment) Bill 2014

To exempt the transfer of shares or units of all exchange traded funds from the paying the stamp duty.

 

Consultations underway

 

Public Consultation on Review of Building Management Ordinance

To encouraging Greater Participation by Owners in Implementing Large-scale Maintenance Projects.

  • Closing date on 2nd February.

 

Consultation on Draft Copyright Tribunal Rules

To implement for the Civil Justice Reform.

  • Closing date on 9th February.

 

Consultation on Proposed Application of Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning International Registration of Marks to Hong Kong

  • Closing date on 11th February.

 

Consultation on 2015 Policy Address and Budget

The Chief Executive will deliver his Policy Address on January 14, 2015, while the Financial Secretary will present the 2015-16 Budget to the LegCo on February 25, 2015.

 

Consultation on New Academic Structure Medium-term Review and Beyond

The New Academic Structure Review aims at responding to the changes at a more macro level such as economic, scientific and technological developments over the past years in Hong Kong’s society and around the world.

  • Closing date on 28th February.

 

Public Consultation on the Method for Selecting the Chief Executive by Universal Suffrage

  • Closing date on 7th March.

 

Public Consultation on Voluntary Health Insurance Scheme

To implement a supplementary financing scheme for adjusting the balance of public-private healthcare sectors.

  • Closing date on 16th March.

 

Public Consultation on Review of Regulation of Private Healthcare Facilities (PHFs)

To introduce new legislation to broaden the types of PHFs to be regulated, and to replace the existing Hospitals, Nursing Homes and Maternity Homes Registration Ordinance (Cap. 165) and the Medical Clinics Ordinance (Cap. 343), which were enacted in the 1960s.

  • Closing date on 16th March.

 

Public Consultation on The New Agricultural Policy: Sustainable Agricultural Development in Hong Kong

  • Closing date on 31st March.

 

Public Consultation on Nutrition and Health Claims on Formula Products and Prepackaged Foods for Infants and Young Children under the Age of 36 Months

  • Closing date on 7th April.

 

Future planned consultations

 

Consultation on the Amendment of Schedule 1 and Schedule 2 of Chinese Medicine Ordinance (Cap. 549)

To amend the Ordinance to catch up with the trend of use of Chinese medicines in Hong Kong.

  • November 2014 to May 2015

 

Consultation on the Introduction of a Mandatory Pre-market Safety Assessment Scheme for Genetically Modified (GM) Food

To regulate GM food by introducing a mandatory pre-market safety assessment scheme in Hong Kong.

  • January to March 2015

 

Consultation on the Business Impact Assessment (BIA) on the Implementation of the Revised Dangerous Goods (General) Regulation [DG(G)R] and Dangerous Goods (Packing, Marking & Labeling) Regulation

  • Q1 to Q4 2015

 

Consultation on the Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (BSAP) for Hong Kong

To prepare for the first Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan for Hong Kong in accordance with the requirements of the Convention on Biological Diversity.

  • 1st April to 30th June 2015

 

Consultation on the Security of Payment Legislation for the Construction Industry

To ensure timely receipt of payments for work done along the construction supply chain.

  • April to July 2015

 

Consultation on the Amendment to Food Adulteration (Metallic Contamination) Regulations (Cap. 132V)

To amend the current Food Adulteration (Metallic Contamination) Regulations in order to keep up with the international standards.

  • 2nd half of 2015