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New legislative session kicks off Friday

The new legislative session officially opened on Friday morning with the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) taking up more than half of the legislativ...

New legislative session kicks off Friday

The new legislative session officially opened on Friday morning with the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) taking up more than half of the legislativ...

A new legislative session kicked off Friday with an interpellation session to question Premier Simon Chang. Disaster prevention, national land planning, and nuclear power issues were spotlighted during the interpellation session.

The ninth ROC legislature swore in on February 1, with 113 newly elected and reelected lawmakers reporting for duty at the Legislative Yuan.

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has become the majority in the Legislature for the first time after winning 68 seats in the 113-seat Legislature in the Jan. 16 Legislative election, while the Kuomintang (KMT), New Power Party (NPP), and the People First Party (PFP) took 35, 5, and 3 seats respectively. One seat went to the Non-Partisan Solidarity Union (NPSU) and the remaining to an independent.

The new ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus has slated to push more than 30 priority bills including a law on power transfer and Cross-Strait Agreement Supervisory Act at the new legislative session.

The DPP on Friday morning convened a party caucus meeting in preparation of the legislative session and discussed the priority bills that the party will push for, as well as strategy on the legislative session.

The DPP caucus said today that it would redraft a proposed bill on monitoring cross-strait negotiations and agreements in line with the ROC Constitution.

DPP caucus whip Ker Chien-ming said, according to media reports, that as the new bill is to conform with the ROC constitutional framework, there would be an adjustment in its content in addition to title change.

Meanwhile, Huang Kuo-chang, NPP chairman and legislator, said that the first thing on the party’s legislative agenda would be to urge the Executive Yuan to state its position on the nuclear issue, especially in terms of the nuclear waste plans, in which he has been staunchly against the planned building of dry cask and spent fuel rod storage facilities at the First and Second Nuclear Power Plants.