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Legislative Yuan set to hold extra session after bipartisan consensus

The ruling party and the opposition caucus yesterday reached a consensus to hold an extra session on Jan. 27 and Jan. 28 to handle the Cabinet's reconsideration proposal and an amendment of the food safety law.

The Executive Yuan officially requested the Legislative Yuan to reconsider the recently passed Land Administration Agent Act, as the Cabinet deems an amended article of the act would shatter the core value of the real estate transaction price registry platform.

Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) convened a cross-caucus negotiation yesterday afternoon to decide the date and details of the extra session. The Legislature will discuss the reconsideration proposal and invite Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) to report and participate in an interpellation on the afternoon of Jan. 27, Wang said.

Both the Kuomintang (KMT) caucus and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus will hold their own meetings before the extra session begins.

On the morning of Jan. 28, the Legislative Yuan will resolve whether or not they will stick with their original decision regarding the bill by putting it to a vote, Wang said, noting that after the vote they will deliberate the amendment to the Act Governing Food Sanitation.

As the food safety law is still within the cross-caucus negotiation process, meaning that the Legislative Yuan has one month to negotiate the bill before reaching a consensus, Wang said if there is any legislator who disagrees with others regarding the details of the bill, then the amendment cannot be put to a vote. Wang further explained that it means the Legislative Yuan would have to convene another negotiation to discuss the amendment.

KMT Legislator Lin Hung-chi (林鴻池) said the reconsideration proposal is a constitutional-level case, noting that as the KMT is the ruling party, the KMT caucus "hopes" to approve the reconsideration proposal.

DPP caucus whip Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘) said it is not surprising that such a blunder occurred during Premier Jiang's watch, stressing that Jiang should apologize before he delivers his report at the Legislative Yuan next week.

Ker criticized the Ma administration as "extremely ridiculous," and said that the ruling party should hold itself accountable for this.

The DPP will hold a caucus meeting next Monday and reach a consensus over the reconsideration proposal, Ker said.

The newly amended regulation stipulates that should a land administration agent register false house-trading information or delay reporting the information on the government's website, instead of being fined immediately he or she will have a seven- or 15-day grace period to correct his or her mistake.

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