Military pension bill up for review in special legislative session

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Taipei, June 11 (CNA) The Legislative Yuan will process 18 bills, including the controversial military pension reform bill, during an extraordinary session that it has scheduled for June 11 to July 6.

During a plenary discussion Monday, the Legislative Yuan approved the start later in the day of the special session, which was proposed by ruling Democratic Progressive Party legislators, led by Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘).

The military pension reform bill, which has spurred several public protests, will be given priority, with the review expected to start Monday and to be completed in two weeks, according to DPP caucus whip Ho Hsin-chun (何欣純).

Also during the first two weeks of its special session, the Legislature will review the Air Pollution Control Act, the draft of Foundation Act and the draft amendment to the Company Act, among 11 others.

In the period June 25-29, the Legislature will debate and vote on three nominees to serve on the National Communications Commission (NCC). A series of legislative committee meetings are scheduled for July 2-5, and the final plenary of the special legislative session will be held on July 6.

A proposal by opposition Kuomintang legislators to invite President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) to give a national report on cross-Taiwan Strait and diplomatic affairs was rejected during Monday's meeting.

KMT lawmakers also failed in their efforts to put on the agenda a series of bills that included one pertaining to oversight of cross-Taiwan Strait agreements, a draft amendment to the Renewable Energy Development Act, and a draft bill to restore historical justice to Taiwan's indigenous peoples.

(By Chen Chun-hua and Evelyn Kao)

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