Bills In Progress April 10

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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.


Bills gazetted

(1st Reading will take or took place at Wednesday Council. Bill Committees not formed yet.)


Inland Revenue (Amendment) Bill 2015

To extend tax exemption to offshore private equity funds.


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: 16th meeting on 10th April.

Next Meeting: 14th April.


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: 15th meeting on 31st March.

Next Meeting: 14th April.


Property Management Services Bill

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

Last Meeting: 9th meeting on 24th March.

Next Meeting: 21st April.


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

Addressing the copyright issues for the exemption of parody work.

Last Meeting: 12nd meeting on 9th April.

Next Meeting: 21st April.


Private Columbaria Bill

To establish a licensing regime to regulate private columbaria operation.

Last Meeting: 7th meeting on 23rd March.

Next Meeting: TBC.


Clearing and Settlement Systems (Amendment) Bill 2015

To establish a regulatory regime for stored value facilities and retail payment systems.

Last Meeting: 2nd meeting on 23rd March.

Next Meeting: 13th April.


Interception of Communications and Surveillance (Amendment) Bill 2015

To empower the Commissioner on Interception of Communications and Surveillance to examine, inspect and listen to protected products.

Last Meeting: 2nd meeting on 9th April.

Next Meeting: 2nd May.


Human Reproductive Technology (Amendment) Bill 2015

Banning the publication or distribution of advertisements purporting to promote sex selection services through human reproductive technology procedures, whether or not the services are provided in Hong Kong.

Last Meeting: 2nd meeting on 9th April.

Next Meeting: 27th April.


Promotion of Recycling and Proper Disposal (Electrical Equipment and Electronic Equipment) (Amendment) Bill 2015

To include air conditioners, refrigerators, washing machines, television sets, computers, printers, scanners and monitors as regulated electrical equipments under the polluter pays principle. Manufacturers and importers of regulated electrical equipments will be required to register and pay a recycling fee.

Last Meeting: 1st meeting on 9th April.

Next Meeting: 4th May.


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.


Appropriation Bill 2015

To approve a sum not exceeding $361,347,460,000 to the services of the Government in the financial year ending on 31 March 2016.


Arbitration (Amendment) Bill 2015

To remove some legal uncertainties relating to the opt-in mechanism and update the law with new parties joining the Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards 1958, aka the New York Convention.


Consultations underway


Public Consultation on Voluntary Health Insurance Scheme

  • Closing date on 16th April.


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 17th April.


Second-stage Public Consultation to Establish an Effective Resolution Regime for Financial Institutions in Hong Kong

  • Closing date on 20th April.


Public Consultation on Review of Chinese Temples Ordinance

To require all Chinese temples to be registered, the revenues and properties of all Chinese temples to be under the absolute control of the Chinese Temples Committee.

  • Closing date on 12th May.


Public Consultation on Future Development of Electricity Market

  • Closing date on 30th June


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