China Set To Elevate Environment Over Development In New Law - Yahoo News

New Hampshire moves to scrap adultery law

The first change to the legislation in 25 years will give legal backing to Beijing's newly declared war on pollution and formalize a pledge made last year to abandon a decades-old growth-at-all-costs economic model that has spoiled much of China's water, skies and soil. Cao cautioned that some of the details of the measures could be removed as a result of bureaucratic horsetrading. The MEP has called for the law to spell out how new powers can be implemented in practice, but the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), the country's top economic planning agency, prefers broader, more flexible defense lawyer principles. "There is a usual practice when everyone is unable to come to a complete agreement - we first put an idea into the law and then draw up detailed administrative rules later," Cao said. Local authorities' dependence on the taxes and employment provided by polluting industries is reflected by the priorities set out in China's growth-focused legal code, said Wang Canfa, an environment law professor who runs the Center for Pollution Victims in China and also took part in the drafting stage. The environment ministry did not respond to detailed questions on its role in the drafting process and the specific content of the new amendments, but said the legislation was currently in the hands of the Legal Work Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), China's legislature.

No one is casting the vote as an endorsement of adultery. Instead, stateReps. Tim OFlaherty (D-Manchester) and Carol McGuire (R-Epsom), who co-sponsored the House version of the defense lawyer legislation, said they viewed the statute as invasive and unenforceable. Twenty-one states still consider adultery a crime. Vermont and Maine recently took their adultery laws off the books, and Colorado repealed its own law last March.

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