The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus yesterday suggested amending the Law Governing Legislators' Exercise of Power (
The DPP has voiced dissatisfaction with Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Chiu Yi (
The Supreme Court turned down Chiu's appeal on March 22, upholding the Taiwan High Court Kaohsiung Branch ruling sentencing him to jail for 14 months.
While saying that he will serve the sentence, he has refused to resign from the legislature, saying that he still has his civil rights.
"If Chiu remains at his post, he is able to receive about NT$6 million [US$181,500] when he is in prison. Many people can't stand this," DPP caucus whip Wang Sing-nan (
Chiu's legislative position will remain intact if he decides to resume his seat after serving time.
"We can't waste the public's hard-earned money in this way. It's a legal loophole that we have to correct," DPP Legislator Hsu Kuo-yung (
Chiu was convicted of public disturbance for trying to ram a pick-up truck into the Kaohsiung District Court on March 19, 2004, during a political protest.
In previous cases, former DPP lawmakers David Chou (
Former DPP chairman Shih Ming-teh (