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Decision on new legislative building remains in limbo

Staff Writer, with CNA

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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