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Referendum referred for second reading

‘DOOMED TO FAIL’:KMT lawmakers said the referendum proposal was phrased as neutral as possible, while DDP lawmakers said the proposal amounted to ‘game-fixing’

By Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  Staff reporter

Apart from Wang and Deputy Speaker Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱), who are both members of the KMT and usually take part in a vote only when there appears to be an evenly split vote, the remaining 60 of the 64 KMT lawmakers who were present at yesterday’s meeting voted for the KMT proposal.

KMT legislators Shu-lei (羅淑蕾) and Ting Shou-chung (丁守中), who are both outspoken opponents to the plant and who had broken party ranks on the issue on several previous occasions, yesterday both toed the party line.

KMT lawmakers Wang Jin-shih (王進士) and Alex Tsai (蔡正元) were absent because they were on overseas trips.

The proceedings yesterday continued at about 11am after three Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) lawmakers who were occupying the podium trying to block the session were pulled away by several KMT lawmakers.

TSU Legislator Lin Shih-chia (林世嘉) said the party demanded amendments to the Referendum Act to address its flaws, a draft of a nuclear-free homeland policy and that a proposal for a referendum for residents living within a 50km radius of the nuclear power plant to decide on the issue be directly referred to a second reading, none of which were accepted by other parties.

In response to the KMT proposal, the DPP motioned that the KMT proposal be disregarded, while the People First Party (PFP) suggested that it be referred to a preliminary review rather than directly to a second reading.

The DPP’s as well as the PFP’s counterproposals were voted down.

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