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Nat'l Assembly passes 89 bills including better conditions for firefighters Updated: 2019-11-19 16:53:53 KST

In Tuesday's plenary session, rival party lawmakers gave the green light to a total of 89 bills.
One of the highlights was a bill to improve the working conditions of firefighters by changing their status from local government official to national public official beginning in April 2020.
Since 1973, firefighters have been classified as local government officials, meaning their working conditions have depended on the financial situation of the local government they worked for.
With the new law, firefighters will now be treated as public servants who get equal support from the central government in terms of equipment and wages.
Another key bill passed was to amend state support for the descendants of Korea's independence fighters.
Now, if the child of an independence fighter never received the financial assistance they were due, it can be given to a grandchild.
Lawmakers also passed a so-called U-turn bill that aims to help local companies that bring their overseas business back to South Korea by financially supporting their purchase of land and factories.
However, one of the most anticipated bills, aimed at easing regulations on the use of personal information to develop the big data economy, did not make it to the plenary session due to a lack of time to review it in the public administration and security committee.

"The rival parties have managed to get dozens of bills off their plates, but they're still at odds over other key pieces of legislation such as those on electoral and prosecutorial reform.
For the next three weeks, heated debates are expected on those before the last regular session of the 20th National Assembly ends on December 10th.
Kim Mok-yeon, Arirang News."
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