Legislation & Government Relations Consulting Center 2022-09-07
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Weekly Legislative Report (For the week of August 29, 2022 – September 2, 2022)

Weekly Legislative Report for the week of August 31, 2022 – September 2, 2022

As the first-ever Korean law firm to issue specialized legislative journals, DR & AJU LLC has been publishing the monthly Policy & Business (P&B) Report since August 2019. The P&B Report provides analyses of plenary sessions of the National Assembly, as well as standing committee and subcommittee meetings. In addition, the firm has been co-hosting the Future Leaders Forum with the Herald Business, inviting chairpersons of standing committees to discuss relevant legislative issues and tasks.

As an extension of this service, DR & AJU has also been issuing the Weekly Legislative Report, which covers various legal issues at the center of public debate along with editorials and columns on the Serious Accidents Punishment Act (“SAPA”) from major daily news outlets. The report will be released with an update on newly proposed or pending bills. Enclosed is this week’s legislative report, and please refer to the P&B Report for further details.

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1. Proposed Bill(s)

① Partial Amendment to the Road Traffic Act

This Amendment establishes standards specifying the delivery robots allowed to use sidewalks and regulates the robots' travel methods.

② Partial Amendment to the Motor Vehicle Management Act

This Amendment obliges a motor vehicle manufacturer or parts manufacturer to provide economic compensation to the motor vehicle owner in the event that the performance of the vehicle degrades due to the manufacturer’s corrective measures.

2. Pending Bill(s)

③ Special Act on the Promotion of Distributed Energy

This Bill requires the establishment and implementation of a master plan for promoting distributed energy, and obliges the use of distributed energy as a portion of energy consumption. In addition, this Bill levies a penalty if a housing site development business or an urban development business fails to meet the assigned amount.

3. Promulgated Bill(s)

④ Enforcement Rule of the Act on the Development and Management of Logistics Facilities

This Bill excludes multi-family housing, religious assembly facilities, and religious facilities, all of which are eligible to benefit from the installation of public facilities, from the scope of remaining facilities that are exempted from contributions for facilities for the smooth installation of public facilities in the logistics complexes and preservation of parks and green spaces.

4. Bill(s) Undergoing Pre-Announcement of Legislation/Administration

⑤ Partial Amendment to the Enforcement Decree of the Fair Transactions in Subcontracting Act

This Amendment raises the penalty surcharge from a maximum of KRW 1 billion to KRW 2 billion when the prime contractor appropriates the technology of the subcontractor. If the contract between the prime contractor and the subcontractor entails adjustment of the subcontract consideration in proportion to raw material prices, a maximum of 3.5 penalty points may be reduced.

5. Serious Accidents Punishment Act ("SAPA") Related Editorials and Columns from Major Dailies

[Seoul Shinmun] “The SAPA Enforcement Decree Will Never Deviate from the Original Legislative Purpose”
[The Korea Economic Daily] “SAPA Amendment Should Be Steered in the Right Direction”
[Maeil Business News] “The SAPA Is a Wrongly Made Question” … Businesses Suffer from the Ambiguity of the SAPA
[The Hankyoreh] The Ministry of Strategy and Finance (“MOSF”) Takes the Lead in Neutralizing the SAPA… Is the MOSF the Window for Civil Petitions for Financial Circles?

*For more details, please download the PDF file attached.