Gansu Citizens Suggest Legislation – Chen Lin and He Shan
A local regulation issued by the Standing Committee of Gansu Provincial People’s Congress on September 27, attracted a great deal of media attention and the ears of academics, among others. The directive, called the Draft Legislation Regulation of the Gansu Provincial People’s Congress and Its Standing Committee, stipulates that normal people have the right to offer suggestions to legislators.
Specifically, the fourth point of the rule states that all organizations, companies, communities and even individuals can bring forward their legislative suggestions via deputies to the People’s Congress, and various special committees and offices of the standing committee.
This is the first time that such a right of the common people has been standardized in the form of regulation. The move has been heralded by some media sources as “the start of a new era of people’s legislation.” [Full Text]