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New legislative session to start Feb. 15

2019/02/01 16:01:54

Taipei, Feb. 1 (CNA) The new legislative session will begin Feb. 15 with Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) giving an administrative report and fielding questions from lawmakers.

Lawmakers reported for the new legislative session Friday, although it will not officially open until Feb. 15.

Legislative Speaker Su Jia-chyuan (蘇嘉全) said he is looking to amend laws in the upcoming legislative session to impose heavier penalties for child abuse, in the wake of a series of recent cases involving physical and psychological abuse of children.

The lawmakers have prioritized the passing of law amendments in the new session that will impose heavier punishments for child abuse, he added.

According to Su, amendments aimed at boosting economic growth might also be given priority, depending on urgency.

Two newly elected lawmakers, Ho Chih-wei (何志偉) of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and Shen Jhih-hwei (沈智慧) of the opposition Kuomintang (KMT) took their oaths of office Friday.

Ho fills the seat left vacant by the DPP's Yao Wen-chih (姚文智), who gave up his seat as a legislator when he made an unsuccessful run for Taipei mayor last November, while Shen fills the vacancy left by Taichung Mayor Lu Shiow-yen (盧秀燕) of the KMT, who also resigned her position as a legislator Nov. 20 before winning her bid for mayor on Nov. 24 last year.

Each of Taiwan's bi-annual legislative sessions, from February to the end of May and from September to the end of December, begins with a month or more of interpellations.

During this time, the premier is required to report to the Legislature, often with various ministers along to help answer inquiries related to their offices.

(By Chen Chun-hua, Fan Cheng-hsiang, Wang Yang-yu and Chung