Wed, Nov 29, 2006 - Page 3 News List

Legislators set themselves busier agenda for Friday

By Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  STAFF REPORTER

A handful of controversial bills were put on Friday's legislative agenda yesterday, but Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) urged lawmakers to try negotiate instead of scheduling votes on the bills.

The bills include draft resolutions approved by the Procedure Committee, as well as bills which were out of the committee but still short of a consensus among lawmakers.

A draft resolution initiated by the People First Party (PFP) caucus suggested listing American Institute in Taiwan Director Stephen Young as an undesirable person and demanding the US recall him.

In its proposal the PFP said Young's remarks last month urging the passage of the special arms budget was interference in the country's domestic affairs and with the legislature's business.

PFP Legislator Feng Ting-kuo (馮定國) proposed a draft resolution that the legislature initiate a national referendum to determine whether President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) was fit to hold office because of alleged corruption.

PFP and Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) lawmakers moved to amend the Statute Governing the Relations Between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area (兩岸人民關係條例) to allow direct cross-strait transportation.

They also introduced a proposal to open charter flight services between Taipei's Songshan Airport and Hong Kong and Macau.

A proposal backed by the pan-blue camp to reinstate an 18 percent special interest rate on savings for retired civil servants, military personnel and teachers was also put on the legislative agenda.

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