Sun Shangwu: Legislators use Internet to test the water

From China Daily:

Law-making officials and experts hoped the Internet would play an increasingly important role in boosting the democratic element of the country’s legislation.

As China boasts more than 100 million web surfers, the Internet has provided unprecedented scope for expressing different points of view on laws that concern personal rights.

The law covering property rights is being mapped out to regulate practices that affect the interests of almost everyone.

The draft law, with five chapters and 268 articles, had been under discussion three times by National People’s Congress Standing Committee members by the end of June.

The top legislature decided to release a complete version of the draft law to encourage suggestions for revisions last month.

Citizens are urged to offer their opinions on the draft law before August 20.

By July 26, the Commission of Legislative Affairs had received 6,515 responses, according to Yang Minglun, an official at the commission.

He said the majority of submissions were made over the Internet, with just 384 in physical written form.

August 2, 2005 6:23 AM
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