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Procedural row stalls referral of acts

By Alison Hsiao  /  Staff reporter

The referral of draft acts for oversight of cross-strait agreements to the legislature’s Internal Administration Committee for deliberation was again deferred yesterday after a procedural fight between the ruling and the opposition parties in the legislature.

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and Taiwan Solidarity Union lawmakers occupied the podium yesterday to obstruct the passage of the amendment on the recall threshold and a number of draft acts on cross-strait agreements oversight at the Internal Administration Committee meeting presided over by a Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) lawmaker.

The KMT had planned to veto the reconsideration proposal it itself had motioned for referring the oversight bills to the standing committee.

With the veto it could then have the oversight bills handed to this week’s committee meeting, which is to be presided over by a KMT legislator.

If the reconsideration failed to be put to a vote at yesterday’s floor meeting, as would happen in the case of a stalled legislature, the vote over the reconsideration proposal would be postponed to Friday’s floor meeting.

If it is vetoed then, the oversight bills would be referred to the committee next week, during which the committee meeting is to be led by a DPP committee convener.

The KMT therefore called for the suspension of placing the reconsideration proposal on Friday’s discussion agenda at the Procedure Committee meeting yesterday, which was to decide on the agenda for Friday’s floor meeting.

Also decided at the Procedure Committee’s meeting was the placement on the agenda of the proposal for handing DPP Legislator Chen Ou-po (陳歐珀) over to the legislature’s Discipline Committee over his behavior at the funeral of President Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) mother.

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