Opposition to push for Legislature reform
By Katherine Wei ,The China PostDemocratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislators yesterday brought forth a bill proposing four legislative reforms.
September 24, 2013, 12:17 am TWN
Legislator Cheng Li-chun (鄭麗君) announced the reforms: “The Legislative Yuan speaker should be politically neutral, future probes and wiretappings need to be restricted by regulations, legislative proceedings should be transparent enough for the public to understand and the quality of bill-passing procedures should be ameliorated,” said Cheng.
Kuomintang (KMT) legislators, however, proposed their own reforms. The legislators formed a group that aimed to bolster the efficiency of the Legislature. The group's goals include calling for a voting system to be carried out during cross-caucus negotiations, strengthening the functions of the Legislature committees and raising the standards for political parties to form their own caucus.
Along with DPP Legislator Chen Chi-mai (陳其邁) and Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) Legislator Huang Wen-ling (黃文玲), Cheng slammed the KMT for the alleged motive behind its proposals. He accused it of attempting to weaken the Legislative Yuan's supervisory powers in order to smooth out recent political disputes, referring to President Ma Ying-jeou's seeming desire to remove Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jyn-ping (王金平) from his seat due to his involvement in an influence-peddling case.
Cheng proposed to amend Legislature-related acts, preventing future Legislature leaders from doubling as caucus whips or participating in party events.
Group of Legislative Conveners Announced
The Legislature's eight standing committees voted separately to form a group of conveners yesterday. The 16 conveners are divided equally between the two main political parties — eight represent the KMT and eight the DPP.
Discipline Committee regulations call for 16 members from the Legislature's eight standing committees to form a convener group after the legislative session begins. After a vote, the group will be split, with two groups of eight members alternating monthly as standing members of the Legislature's Discipline Committee.
After the members are announced, the committee will begin working on its first case: Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus whip Ker Chien-ming's (柯建銘) involvement in an allegedly illegal influence-peddling case. After applying for a probe to be launched on himself, Ker slammed the previous Discipline Committee for its pan-blue stance: all eight members were from the KMT, a condition that may affect the results of the probe. The Legislature moved to vote for new committee members a week after Ker made the remarks.