Assembly Speaker Submits Revised Fast-Track Legislation Bill

Write : 2016-01-28 09:28:49 Update : 2016-01-28 17:18:52

Assembly Speaker Submits Revised Fast-Track Legislation Bill

National Assembly Speaker Chung Ui-hwa submitted a bill on Thursday that would make it easier for the Assembly to pass contentious bills.

The revision bill to the National Assembly Advancement Act, cosponsored by 15 ruling and opposition lawmakers, would lower the quorum for designating fast-track legislation from the current three-fifths majority to a simple majority. It would also cut the deliberation period from 330 days to 75 days. 

After the mandatory deliberation period expires, the National Assembly speaker may use his authority to put the bill to a floor vote.

The main opposition Minjoo Party of Korea is opposed to Chung's bill, but the ruling Saenuri Party says it is ready to discuss it with the opposition camp.

If the discussions produce no agreement, the ruling party says it will request a floor vote for its own separate revision bill.

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