Wang makes plea for rational discussion in next month's session
By Adam Tyrsett Kuo, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) said yesterday that the Legislature will be dealing with issues such as the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant referendum, the cross-strait service trade pact and annuity reform among others in the upcoming session, urging lawmakers to exercise rationality.
August 28, 2013, 12:01 am TWN
The new session is set to start in September.
Kuomintang lawmaker Lee Ching-hua's (李慶華) referendum bill has been placed on the back burner several times because of clashes between the ruling party and the opposition over the power plant's safety as well as disputes on the cross-strait service trade pact, Wang said.
Controversy surrounding Lee's bill has mainly been centered on the ballot question: “Do you agree that Fourth Nuclear Power Plant construction should be halted (and that the plant) should be prevented from becoming operational?”
The power plant issue has been stuck in a mire for almost three decades, Wang said, adding that he brought a delegation of lawmakers to Japan in order to find out more about Japanese experts' view on nuclear power.
When dealing with the matter in the near future, lawmakers should be able to approach the issue with new perspectives, the speaker added.
Wang urged lawmakers to take the development needs of the nation into consideration when facing the referendum bill.
After cross-party negotiations, lawmakers have decided to examine the cross-strait service trace pact article by article and hold an article-by-article vote on the pact, the speaker explained.
A total of 20 public hearings will be held before the examination process takes place, allowing lawmakers to hear the opinions of industry representatives, Wang said.
The government should carefully assess the different impacts that the pact will have on local industries and come up with countermeasures, the speaker added.
With regard to annuity reform, the priority is to make sure that nation is taking a beneficial course, Wang said, welcoming representatives of various sectors to offer objective, impartial ideas for the Executive Yuan and the Legislature's consideration.