Date: Jun 26, 2016
By: Tseng Wei-chen / Staff reporter
The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislative caucus is planning to call two extraordinary legislative sessions after the current session ends on July 15 to clear some major bills, such as those dealing with ill-gotten party assets and promoting transitional justice.
The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) caucus protested the passage late last month of the Local Government Act (地方制度法) amendments requiring speakers and deputy speakers of local councils to be elected by open ballots by pronouncing that they would stop partaking in cross-caucus negotiations.
Legislative Speaker Su Jia-chyuan (蘇嘉全) has since attempted to convene a cross-caucus negotiation several times, but to no avail.
After DPP lawmakers conducted a committee review of the bill dealing with ill-gotten party assets on Wednesday last week, in the face of criticism by KMT lawmakers, who later staged a walk-out, the KMT caucus said that it would propose more than1,000 motions to obstruct the passage of the budget bills on state-run enterprises. [FULL STORY]