FAST-TRACK?The DPP said it supports reform, but it would be better for the next legislature to review the bills as it would be more representative of public opinion.
Date: Dec 17, 2015
By: Alison Hsiao / Staff reporter
Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) yesterday expressed his
disappointment after cross-party negotiations on legislative reforms broke down, dimming hopes that they would be passed before the current legislative session ends tomorrow.
Wang released a statement after the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus nixed a proposal to have the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT)-initiated reform bills placed directly on the legislative agenda for second and third readings, sidestepping the first reading and committee review, so they could clear the floor before tomorrow.
In the statement, Wang said that despite a clear consensus on the direction of reform, such as the Legislative Yuan’s right to investigate and hold hearings, and four cross-caucus negotiations having been called on the matter, it is regrettable that “certain party caucuses” did not agree with the proposal to pass the reform bills before the session ends. [FULL