Input sought on rules for professions
Guangdong will hold public consultations on proposals to regulate professional associations, an official said yesterday.
More public input was needed on the matter, said the secretary-general of the Standing Committee of Guangdong Provincial People's Congress, Lin Huisu .
Early this year, 22 members of the Guangdong People's Congress called for regulation of the way professional bodies for various industries were established.
The Standing Committee decided to hold a public consultation on the proposal so the final recommendation would be 'balanced and fair', Mr Lin said yesterday.
The public should be encouraged to take a more active role in the legislative process, instead of being passive recipients of laws, he said.
'Law-making should not degenerate into some kind of power distribution among invested interest groups ... it should reflect public interest and common ground,' the China News Service quoted Mr Lin as saying.
The province had been exploring ways to encourage public participation in the law-making process and make it more transparent, he said.
Mr Lin said Guangdong organised public hearings last year - supplemented by consultations with experts - when it drafted an emergency regulation on public health.
He said the new moves were a small step forward from the old practice of government departments drafting new regulations without taking public opinion into account.