The political party assets bill was scheduled for a second reading during the legislature sitting yesterday, but Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) demands that the bill be subject to a potential four months of cross-party negotiations makes it unlikely that the bill will pass the legislature this session.
\nThe Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), People First Party (PFP) and Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) versions of the bill were allowed to proceed to a second reading during the sitting yesterday.
\nThe DPP and TSU caucuses issued a priority mobilization order to lawmakers to ensure that any KMT objections to the second reading could be defeated. Because the KMT caucus did not mobilize its members, it was unable to prevent the motion for a second reading from carrying. It demanded, however, that the bill be negotiated.
\nAccording to the Legislative Yuan's regulations, before a bill proceeds to a second reading, any caucus can demand cross-party negotiations on it, and those negotiations can last up to four months before a vote can be held on the legislative floor.
\n"Whether the bill can pass the current legislature is one thing, but at least now we are making some progress," DPP caucus whip Ker Chien-ming (
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