Joint session to be held by Taiwan government on 40 high priority bills Monday

Same sex marriage and drink-driving laws are among top concerns

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Executive Yuan Speaker Kolas Yotaka

Executive Yuan Speaker Kolas Yotaka (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Executive Yuan and the Ninth Legislative Yuan are posed to hold their first joint session of the new year on Monday to discuss priority legislative bills, CNA reports.

According to plans, there are around 40 high-priority bills to be discussed including drafts regarding the implementation of same-sex marriage, increased punishments for drink-drivers, and preventing the dissemination of fake news.

Speaker of the Executive Yuan Kolas Yotaka said Sunday afternoon that DPP spokesperson Chen Chi-mai (陳其邁) and Legislative Yuan Majority Leader Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘) will jointly host the session. Kolas gave a reminder that the two-year grace period given by the Constitutional Court on passing same-sex marriage laws expires soon, and the issue is a top concern for lawmakers.

Draft bills on child abuse prevention and drink-driving issues—two matters of great recent concern—will also be among the approximately 40 under discussion.

Kolas said some of the matters which fall under child abuse prevention include amending corporal punishment law provisions, increasing the punishment for abusing a child to death, punishments for causing grave injuries, and amending education provisions, which includes improving mechanisms for determining “incompetent” teachers. Amending road traffic management regulations and implementing measures to reduce recidivism will be discussed as part of a larger conversation surrounding drink-driving.

The Executive Yuan estimates a draft bill in same-sex marriage legislation will be passed to the Legislative Yuan for review by Feb. 21.

In addition, Kolas said draft bills on containing outside influence during elections, the dissemination of fake news, disaster prevention, agricultural production, grain management, food safety and hygiene, disease prevention, broadcasting, and emergency response laws will be presented.