There is a substantial difference between motions submitted to a session of the National People's Congress (NPC) and proposals to the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC).
The difference lies in that as the NPC is the country's top legislature, an NPC motion becomes legally binding when it is adopted; while a proposal to the CPPCC National Committee, the top advisory body, is not binding whether it is adopted or not.
NPC motions, including bills and proposals, are submitted by NPC deputies or relevant departments to the NPC. According to the Constitution, NPC deputies and members of the NPC Standing Committee have the right to submit bills and proposals within the respective functions and powers of the NPC and its Standing Committee in accordance with procedures prescribed by law.
According to the Organic Law of the NPC and NPC rules for the discharging of its duties, a motion on issues within the power of the NPC can be raised by the presidium of the NPC, the Standing Committee of the NPC, the State Council, the Supreme People's Court, the Supreme People's Procuratorate, a provincial-level delegation (of deputies) to the NPC, or a group of at least 30 NPC deputies. Afterwards, the NPC presidium decides if a motion is to be included in the agenda of an NPC session, or a motion is first handed over for examination to a sub-committee, which is to suggest to the presidium whether or not it is to be included in the agenda.
A motion, after examination by NPC deputies at full meetings of delegations or panels, will be transferred by the presidium to a sub-committee for further examination. Afterwards, the motion, as decided by the presidium, will be submitted to a plenary session of the NPC for a vote. Adoption requires a simple majority voting in favor.
Members of the CPPCC National Committee put forward proposals to offer comments and suggestions on major political and social issues of the country.
For the presentation of a proposal, there is no restriction on timing, scope and number of sponsoring members.
Generally, members can raise a proposal in one of the following ways:
- by one member or a group of members;
- by one or more groups jointly, when the CPPCC National Committee is in session;
- in the name of a party or people's organization that has joined the CPPCC; and
- in the name of a sub-committee of the CPPCC National Committee.
A department in charge of handling proposals is obliged to give reply to each proposal.
Generally speaking, an NPC motion is raised when the NPC is in session; while members of the CPPCC National Committee can raise proposals at any time they wish.
(Source: China Daily Online)