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Bill aimed at ending political fights

A group of independent-minded lawmakers from the ruling Grand National Party proposed legislation yesterday to bar the National Assembly speaker from putting a bill up for a general vote without first having bipartisan agreement to do so.

Hong Jung-wook and 13 other relatively young lawmakers with moderate reputations within the conservative party jointly presented the bill. The bill, they said, is aimed at preventing regular parliamentary scuffles triggered by the speaker’s right.

The proposed bill would require a three-fifths quorum, or 180 of the 299-member Assembly, to vote on whether to allow the speaker the right to put something up for a vote. At least half of the quorum would have to agree to let the speaker put the bill up for an up-or-down vote to let the legislation proceed.

There are now 171 GNP lawmakers, meaning no unilateral GNP push for legislation would be possible under the proposed bill.

The only exceptions would be when a bill is required to remedy natural disasters or other emergencies.

Hong said the bill is needed because the public will not tolerate a shameful parliamentary scene any longer. “We hope the revision starts momentum to create a mature political culture in which violence gives way to dialogue and negotiation,” he said.

Hong said the bill was a bipartisan gesture by the GNP and urged opposition parties to also show sincerity on the parliamentary reform. Other sponsors are Nam Kyung-pil, Chin Young, Lee Hahn-koo, Kwon Young-se and Lim Hae-kyu.

By Moon Gwang-lip []

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