Bills in progress November 28th

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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!

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: 8th meeting on 25th November.
Next Meeting: 16th December.

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: 7th meeting on 24th November.
Next Meeting: 9th December.

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: 8th meeting on 11th November.
Next Meeting: 8th December.

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: 4th meeting on 5th November.
Next Meeting: TBC.

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: 4th meeting on 25th November.
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: 5th meeting on 25th November.
Next Meeting: TBC.

Copyright (Amendment) Bill 2014 – dubbed “The Article 23 of the Internet”
Addressing the copyright issues for the exemption of parody work.
Last Meeting: 4th meeting on 18th November.
Next Meeting: 1st December.

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: 3rd meeting on 17th November.
Next Meeting: 5th December.

Private Columbaria Bill
To establish a licensing regime to regulate private columbaria operation.
Last Meeting: 3rd meeting on 25th November.
Next Meeting: 15th December.

Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes (Amendment) Bill 2014
Allowing phased withdrawal of MPF upon early retirement and terminal illness.
Last Meeting: 5th meeting on 17th November.
Next Meeting: 2nd December.

Veterinary Surgeons Registration (Amendment) Bill 2014
To broaden the membership of the Veterinary Surgeons Board and to establish the preliminary investigation committees.
Last Meeting: 2nd meeting on 17th November.
Next Meeting: 2nd December.

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: 1st meeting on 25th November.
Next Meeting: 16th December.

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.

Sex Discrimination (Amendment) Bill 2014
To protect service providers from sexual harassment by their customers.
Last Meeting: 2nd meeting on 3rd November.

Land (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Amendment) Bill 2014
To increase the penalties concerning unauthorised use of unleased lands.
Last Meeting: 2nd meeting on 24th November.

Consultations underway

Consultation on Proposed Updates to Safety Standards for Toys and Children’s Products
Closing date on 2nd December.

Consultation on draft guidelines under the Competition Ordinance
Draft Guideline on the First Conduct Rule, the Second Conduct Rule and the Merger Rule.
Closing date on 10th December.

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.

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 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.

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
regulating GM
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