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National Assembly Passes Bill on Allowing Recognized Pop Stars to Defer Enlistment

National Assembly Passes Bill on Allowing Recognized Pop Stars to Defer Enlistment

SEOUL, Dec. 1 (Korea Bizwire) — The National Assembly passed a bill Tuesday that would allow globally recognized male pop culture artists to postpone their mandatory military duties. The assembly’s plenary session gave the nod to the bill on revising the Military Service Act to grant an exceptional right to defer national defense duties to [...]

National Assembly Members Scramble to Raise Funds

National Assembly Members Scramble to Raise Funds

SEOUL, Nov. 3 (Korea Bizwire) — Representatives at the National Assembly are scrambling to collect donations to prepare for next year’s activities. This year, district representatives can collect up to 300 million won (US$265,500) while proportional representatives can collect up to 150 million won. Members of the ruling Democratic Party are speeding up efforts to [...]

No Consensus on Legislation Banning Deadbeat Parents from Inheriting Their Children’s Property

No Consensus on Legislation Banning Deadbeat Parents from Inheriting Their Children’s Property

SEOUL, Oct. 30 (Korea Bizwire) — Shameless parents who claim the wealth of late children they abandoned are angering the public. Such cases have been brought to light repeatedly but the National Assembly remains prudent when it comes to the revision of related laws. A total of five legislative bills designed to block such shameless [...]

Far-right Christians Hinder Legislation at National Assembly

Far-right Christians Hinder Legislation at National Assembly

SEOUL, July 7 (Korea Bizwire) — Far-right Christian groups are obstructing the works of the National Assembly with protests against LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) individuals. Representatives at the National Assembly in charge of submitting or processing bills related to human rights protection are constantly hindered by these groups, who call the bills ‘legislation [...]

S. Korea’s Parliament Opens New 4-year Term amid Pandemic Crisis

S. Korea’s Parliament Opens New 4-year Term amid Pandemic Crisis

SEOUL, May 30 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s National Assembly kicked off its new four-year term Saturday amid the urgent task of containing the COVID-19 pandemic and curbing its economic fallout. The ruling Democratic Party dominates the 300-member parliament with 177 seats, while the main opposition United Future Party (UFP) holds 103 seats. But public [...]

Revision Bill on Banning Tada’s Taxi Business Passed at Parliamentary Committee

Revision Bill on Banning Tada’s Taxi Business Passed at Parliamentary Committee

SEOUL, Dec. 6 (Korea Bizwire) — A National Assembly committee on Friday passed a revision bill on effectively outlawing the controversial taxi business of Tada, a South Korean ride-hailing service operator. The revision to the passenger transport service act, approved by the parliamentary transportation panel, restricts the outsourcing of drivers for the use of rental [...]

Controversy Looms over New Legislation to Restrict Shopping Mall Operating Hours

Controversy Looms over New Legislation to Restrict Shopping Mall Operating Hours

SEOUL, Sept. 23 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korean shopping mall operators are paying attention to the National Assembly’s upcoming decision on a new legislative bill during the regular session that starts on Thursday. The ruling party is currently pushing for stricter regulations that would require large-sized malls, so-called super supermarkets (SSMs), and shopping complexes to [...]