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Legislature went out with whimper

RUSH TO THE EXIT:The Citizen’s Congress Watch gave the eighth session a failing grade in a report, saying it was terminated early and held a provisional session on Jan. 19

By Tseng Wei-chen  /  Staff Reporter

Citizen’s Congress Watch board member Ku Chung-hwa speaks as the organization gives its evaluation of legislative performance in Taipei yesterday.

Photo: Chang Chia-ming, Taipei Times

The eighth session of the seventh legislature showed a decreased performance from the previous session as well as missing records for four lawmakers, a report by the Citizen’s Congress Watch (CCW) said yesterday.

The CCW is a civil society organization which oversees the legislature and publishes evaluation reports in order to provide transparency for the legislative environment and put pressure on legislators who do not perform adequately.

Former CCW chairman Ku Chung-hwa (顧忠華) said the unfavorable evaluation of the eighth session of seventh legislature was primarily because the the session was terminated early for last month’s presidential and legislative elections.

Ku added that the legislature also directly defied the will of the people, who had already elected an class of lawmaker on Jan. 14, by holding a provisional session on Jan. 19.

According to CCW executive director Chang Hung-lin (張宏林), for the newly elected eighth legislature, the group has set its sights on an evaluation of the legislative speaker and vice speaker, as well as the party caucus structuring, in a bid to keep the public informed about the performance of their representatives.

The group also urged the new term of lawmakers to pledge that they would work to promote inter-party dialogue and transparency in the Procedure Committee.

The analysis of the previous session showed that the three legislators with the top performances on the Internal Administration Committee were the Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) Chen Ting-fei (陳亭妃) and Huang Jen-shu (黃仁杼), as well as the Chinese Nationalist Party’s (KMT) Chen Fu-hai (陳福海).

However, the group found that were no records for KMT lawmakers Liu Chuan-chung (劉銓忠) and Cheng Li-wun (鄭麗文), and DPP lawmakers Lin Tai-hua (林岱樺) and Kuo Jung-chung (郭榮宗) speaking in their respective committees for the duration of the entire eighth session.

For the Foreign and National Defense Committee, the CCW ranked Tsai Chin-lung (蔡錦隆, KMT), Justin Chou (周守訓, KMT) and Liu Shen-liang (劉盛良, KMT) at the top.

On the Economics Committee, Ting Shou-chung (丁守中, KMT) and Pan Men-an (潘孟安, DPP) came out as the top two in the CCW’s evaluation.

The evaluation of the Legislature’s Finance Committee saw Lu Shiow-yen (盧秀燕, KMT), Hsueh Ling (薛凌, DPP) and Hsu Tain-tsair (許添財, DPP) rank in the top three.

For the Education and Culture Committee, the CCW named Chiang Yi-hsiung (江義雄, KMT), Chiang Nai-shin (蔣乃辛, KMT) and Kuo Su-chun (郭素春, KMT) in top three, while in the Transportation Committee, the CCW listed Luo Shu-lei (羅淑蕾, KMT), Kuo Wen-chen (郭玟成, DPP) and Yeh Yi-jin (葉宜津, DPP) as the top three.

Among legislators in the Judiciary and Organic Laws and Statutes Committee, Huang Wei-cher (黃偉哲, DPP) and Pan Wei-kang (潘維剛, KMT) came in the top two, while in the Social Welfare and Environmental Hygiene Committee, the CCW found Huang Sue-ying (黃淑英, DPP), Liu Chien-kuo (劉建國, DPP) and Chen Chieh-ju (陳節如, DPP) to be the top three lawmakers.

In an overall comparison of the seventh legislature’s performance, the CCW ranked Lu Shiow-yen, Huang Wei-cher, Huang Sue-ying, Chao Li-yun (趙麗雲, KMT), Pan, Men-an, Luo, Ting, Chou, Yeh, Chiang Yi-hsiung and Liu Chien-kuo as the best legislators

On the other hand, Liu Chuan-chung (劉銓忠, KMT), Alex Tsai (蔡正元, KMT), May Chin (高金素梅, independent), Chiu Yi (邱毅,KMT) Wong Chung-chun (翁重鈞, KMT), Mark Li (李明星, KMT), Chang, Liao, Tsao Erh-chang (曹爾忠, KMT) and John Chiang (蔣孝嚴, KMT) were selected as the worst legislators.

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