This chapter examines changes to the membership composition of the HKSAR Legislative Council (LegCo) and reviews how these changes affect the performance of the LegCo. It then studies the functions and powers of the LegCo, such as lawmaking and overseeing the government's performance. Next, the chapter investigates the performance of the Third HKSAR LegCo (2004–08) and concludes that its performance was less impressive than that of the 1995–97 LegCo. The chapter details why the HKSAR LegCo is unable to perform as effectively as the pre-handover LegCo. It then suggests methods of strengthening the functioning of the HKSAR LegCo in the future, such as amending Article 74 of the Basic Law and reforming the LegCo‧s committee and panel systems.
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