KMT rejects all DPP agenda proposals
By Lauly Li ,The China Post Saturday, June 14, 2014, 12:01 am TWN
The Legislative Yuan yesterday held a cross-caucus meeting to decide the agendas for its interim session, in which the Kuomintang caucus (KMT) rejected all the agenda bills raised by the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus including a constitutional amendment to lower the legal voting age from 20 to 18 years of age.
The KMT caucus and the DPP each proposed the bills to be deliberated during the three-week interim session; however, as the ruling party and the opposition could not reach a consensus over the issue, the proposals were put to a vote.
Given that all the KMT lawmakers participated in the vote, the Legislative Yuan passed the KMT's agendas for the interim session. The interim session will be held between June 13 and July 4.
During the three-week interim session, the Legislative Yuan will discuss issues including the Control Yuan and the Examination Yuan's personnel proposals and review the Cross-Strait Trade in Services Agreement.
KMT lawmaker Wang Ting-son (王廷升) said there will be constitutional issues if the Legislative Yuan does not review the Control Yuan and the Examination Yuan's personnel proposals in time. That is why the interim session has to review the personnel proposals, he added.
Wang said issues such as the amendment to the temporary provisions governing subsidies for elderly farmers and the cross-strait agreement supervisory act are also important bills that should be deliberated during the interim session.
As for the constitutional amendment to lower the legal voting age proposed by the DPP caucus, Wang said he is happy to see young adults participating in political affairs, noting that, however, as far as he knows, most of the citizens are uncertain about the issues. He added that it is a huge matter to amend the R.O.C. Constitution.
DPP lawmaker Tsai Chi-chang (蔡其昌) said it is unacceptable that the ruling party has convened 11 interim sessions in six years. Tsai said the DPP caucus proposed to review issues such as the Referendum Act, a constitutional amendment, and affordable housing projects. However, all were rejected by the KMT caucus.
Tsai said KMT lawmakers should conduct article-by-article deliberations on the bills that have raised controversy, urging the ruling party not to pave the way for the passage of those bills by force. Otherwise, the KMT will draw more civic groups to "besiege" the Legislative Yuan, Tsai said.
Before the cross-caucus meeting was held, the Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) lawmakers yesterday morning blocked the rostrum of the Assembly Hall in protest of the Legislature convening an interim session. TSU lawmakers were later persuaded by Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) to return to their seats.
Civic Groups' Demands
The Black Island Youth Alliance (BIYA, 黑色島國青年陣線) and the Democracy Tautin (民主鬥陣) yesterday morning jointly held a press conference in front of the Legislative Yuan compound.
BIYA convener Dennis Wei (魏揚) urged the government not to forcibly pass the draft bill on Free Economic Pilot Zones, the cross-strait agreement supervisory act and the service trade pact.
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