DPP proposes extra legislative session from Jan. 5-28 on major bills

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislative caucus is proposing that the Legislature hold an extraordinary session from Jan. 5-28 to discuss major bills related to constitutional reform and two budget plans, DPP legislative caucus whip Ker Chien-ming (???) said Monday.

The DPP caucus has submitted the proposal to the Legislative Yuan and hopes that Legislative Speaker You Si-kun (???) will convene a cross-party negotiation session on Tuesday before a meeting of all the Legislative Yuan members scheduled on Wednesday to discuss what should be on the agenda of the special session, according to Ker.

Under the DPP's proposal, a bill regarding a constitutional amendment to lower the voting age in Taiwan to 18 should be handled during the extraordinary session, Ker said.

In addition, the 2022 central government general budget proposal and a special budget of NT$237.3 billion (US$8.6 billion) for the procurement of defensive weapons systems should also be discussed at the special session, Ker added.

A bill related to an amendment to the Local Government Act that would pave the way for a Hsinchu City-Hsinchu County merger and a merged Hsinchu area to be upgraded to a special municipality should be put on the agenda for discussion, he went on to say.

The DPP caucus hopes that a draft act to govern the closure of private senior high schools and universities struggling to survive, a draft amendment to the Statute of Industrial Innovation, and a draft amendment to the Gender Equity Education Act will also be discussed during the session.

The session is also expected to screen bills presented by the ruling party, including amendments to the Criminal Code and relevant laws related to the establishment of facilities to accommodate convicted offenders who have psychological disorders or mental illnesses.

The DPP proposed that the special session be held from Wednesday, Jan. 5, to Jan. 28, with a meeting of the Procedure Committee scheduled for noon on Wednesday followed by the start of the first general meeting of the special session in the afternoon of that day.

That general meeting is scheduled to conclude on Jan. 10-11, with another general meeting scheduled for Jan. 24-28.

In addition, various committees are scheduled to hold meetings on Jan. 6, 7, 12, 13, 14 and Jan. 17-22, while the Constitution Committee is set to hold a general meeting on Jan. 6, according to the DPP proposal.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel