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Major bills, amendments to top agenda

Staff writer, with CNA

A number of major bills and amendments are scheduled to be discussed during the new legislative session that opens on Feb. 26, which will mark the first legislative session after the latest Cabinet reshuffle.

The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) will submit priority bills for this session, including a proposed amendment to the Public Debt Act (公共債務法), a proposed amendment to the Act Governing the Allocation of Government Revenue and Expenditure (財政收支劃分法) and an amendment to the anti-media monopoly bill.

The Executive Yuan will also submit an amendment to the nation’s pension programs in April, over which the KMT and the DPP remain at odds, lawmakers said.

“It will take time to incubate the pension reform plan,” KMT Legislator Lin Te-fu (林德福) said, adding that reform should progress step-by-step through negotiations.

Premier-designate Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) is expected to report on the new Cabinet’s major policy goals and agenda for the coming year during the session.

Meanwhile, KMT caucus whip Lin Hung-chih (林鴻池) said that the new Cabinet needs to put greater effort into helping lawmakers fully understand the amendments to be discussed.

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