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Infrastructure Program: Protesters call for halt to review of development plan

By Abraham Gerber  /  Staff reporter

Hsu Po-jen (許博任) said he respected Jason Hsu’s decision and urged the DPP to suspend the final review so the civil group’s proposal could also be reviewed by the committee.

“The entire structure of our bill is very different from the DPP’s version, because we are laying a framework on how similar special infrastructure spending should be handled — not just allowing one-time exceptions. Because of this, allowing our bill to be reviewed by the committee and then be discussed alongside the DPP’s bill would be more ideal than proposing it as an amendment,” he said, adding that committee review could improve the bill by removing potential defects.

Jason Hsu said that unlike the DPP’s bill, the civil society version would subject the special infrastructure spending to the Budget Act (預算法), ban zone expropriation and require projects to pass environmental and land use review prior to the allocation of funds.

The NPP refused to sponsor the bill drafted by campaigners.

“We were clear with civic groups from the beginning — it is extremely improbable that we would cosponsor a resolution along with KMT legislators, so the specific proposal will not list us as sponsors, even though we signed the petition to get it tabled,” NPP Executive Chairman Huang Kuo-chang (黃國昌) said, adding that the party caucus had proposed its own version.

“Given the structure of the legislature, it is inevitable that we will look to the KMT for help and that is healthy in terms of keeping the DPP accountable — after all this is an issue of domestic governance,” Hsu Po-jen said.

Additional reporting by CNA

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