The Legislative Yuan will not consider whether it should build its own premises until it reconvenes after the Jan. 14 elections, the body’s top administrator said yesterday.
“The issue [of the new facility] depends on a consensus among lawmakers of the ruling and opposition parties after a new legislature is formed,” Legislative Yuan Secretary-General Lin Hsi-shan (林錫山) said while answering questions at a legislative committee meeting.
Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Huang Wei-cher (黃偉哲) stressed the need for a dedicated facility because the legislature pays NT$53 million (US$1.76 million) a year in rent alone for its current home in downtown Taipei.
“As a result, more than NT$1 billion has been spent since the idea of constructing a new building was first discussed more than 20 years ago,” Huang said.
Echoing Huang’s desire for a new premises, Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Lu Hsueh-chang (呂學樟) said the existing legislative complex, which was formerly used as a school, projected a poor image because of its somewhat untidy appearance.
Another problem, Lin said, is that maintenance costs place a heavy financial burden on the body, adding that the building is currently undergoing a three-year overhaul at a cost of more than NT$100 million.
Lin said the legislature passed a budget proposal for a new building in 1999, but implementing the proposal has been stalled ever since because of a lack of consensus among lawmakers from the ruling and opposition parties.
The approved budget was nullified in 2005 according to relevant laws.
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