Agreement reached on reform review

Lawmakers would occupy the speaker’s podium, but the KMT caucus said it never planned to do so

Taipei Times
Date: Apr 08, 2017
By: Alison Hsiao / Staff reporter

Lawmakers yesterday reached agreement that the legislative review of pension reform

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) legislators hold signs protesting pork imports from US and radiation-contaminated food from five Japanese prefectures in the main chamber of the Legislative Yuan in Taipei yesterday. Photo: Chen Chih-chu, Taipei Times

proposals will begin on April 19 — but only after a cross-caucus negotiation and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus’ “occupation” of the legislative speaker’s podium.

The proposals were scheduled to be referred to the relevant legislative committees for review during yesterday’s floor meeting, but the KMT caucus had up until Wednesday night been calling for a postponement because it had yet to submit its own reform plan.

DPP lawmakers early yesterday morning rushed to occupy the podium to forestall their KMT colleagues from trying to do the same to stop the proposals from being sent to committees.

Many DPP lawmakers were at the door of the legislature’s main chamber by 6am to make sure that they were the first to enter before the start of the 9am meeting, according to a photograph posted on Facebook by DPP Legislator Lee Chun-yi (李俊俋).

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