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Legislature convenes bimonthly session, deliberates draft laws


08:06, October 24, 2012

Wu Bangguo (C), chairman of the National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee, presides over the first plenary meeting of the 29th session of the 11th NPC at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, Oct. 23, 2012. (Xinhua/Fan Rujun)

BEIJING, Oct. 23 (Xinhua) -- The Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), or China's legislature, began a four-day bimonthly session on Tuesday to deliberate several draft laws.

Presided over by Wu Bangguo, chairman of the NPC Standing Committee, the first plenary meeting of the session was held Tuesday morning at the Great Hall of the People.

According to the meeting's agenda, lawmakers at the session will continue their deliberation of a draft mental health law and a draft revision for the Law on Securities Investment Funds.

Following two readings in October last year and August this year, the draft mental health law was presented for a third reading at the session.

It includes provisions on ensuring the safety of property belonging to patients of mental disorder and the government's duty to promote mental health, as well as issuing allowances to mental health workers.

The draft revision for the Law on Securities Investment Funds was first tabled for deliberation in June and will undergo its second reading this week.

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