Groups demand proposed oversight bill be retracted

Taipei Times
Date: Apr 30, 2015
By: Lii Wen  /  Staff reporter

Representatives from civic groups yesterday urged the government to withdraw its proposed version of an oversight mechanism to monitor future cross-strait agreements.

Although a public hearing on the act was originally scheduled for yesterday, it was later replaced by an unofficial conference after Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) lawmakers on Tuesday launched a prolonged campaign to prevent the bill from reaching the Internal Administration Committee.

Economic Democracy Union convener Lai Chung-chiang (賴中強) said the government’s version of the oversight bill lacked teeth, calling it nearly identical to a “four-stage communications and counseling mechanism” suggested by former premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) in March last year.     [FULL  STORY]

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