Sat, Jan 10, 2009 - Page 4 News List

Legislature approves bailout measures

By Flora Wang  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Legislative Yuan approved an amendment to the Corporation Act (公司法) yesterday, obliging companies participating in the government’s bailout projects to propose plans to save themselves from going bankrupt.

The bill, proposed and endorsed by lawmakers across party lines, stipulates that corporations that are included in a bailout plan that will cost more than NT$1 billion (US$30 million) should report their reconstruction plans to the Legislative Yuan.

The amendment also includes a new “fat cat article” that authorizes the government to limit the compensation for company managers and board members.

The amendment also allows the companies receiving aid to issue new shares to the government in compensation for the government’s financial support.

Besides passing the amendment, legislators also reached a resolution banning companies from making investments overseas while they are included in the government’s bailout projects.

Meanwhile, the legislature failed to vote on an amendment to the Offshore Islands Development Act (離島建設條例) that would legalize casinos on Taiwan’s outlying islands.

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