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    Lawmaker anxious to reduce opposition filibusters

    Posted Oct 16th 2012, 02:40pm by Lai Ying-kit

    ... Lai Ying-kit A pro-government lawmaker wants to cut down on opposition filibusters by limiting the number of amendments each legislator can propose during committee debates. Ip Kwok-him ... meeting on Friday. In May, lawmakers from People Power and the League of Social Democrats launched a 33-hour filibuster to oppose government-proposed restrictions on by-elections. ...

  2. No constitutional right to filibuster, judge rules

    Posted May 26th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Austin Chiu and Tony Cheung Lawmakers do not enjoy a constitutional right to filibuster, a High Court judge ruled as he explained why he refused to review Legislative Council president ... of the minority to express their opinions. But it would be absurd to elevate the right to express opinions to a constitutional right to filibuster.' The judge said the purpose of Leung and his fellow ...

  3. Halted filibuster starts new storm

    Posted May 18th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Peter So, Tony Cheung, Ng Kang-chung and Joyce Man A 33-hour marathon filibuster came to an abrupt end yesterday after Legislative Council president Tsang Yok-sing invoked for the first ... The filibuster was an attempt by radical democrats to block the passage of the bill, which would ban lawmakers who resign midterm from standing in a by-election within six months. People Power ...

  4. Who said it?

    Posted May 18th 2012, 12:00am

    ... My life has been very difficult Legco president Tsang Yok-sing after marking his 65th birthday by killing pan-democrats' 33-hour filibuster Obama supports gay marriage. You would support a marriage to an animal eventually, then Japanese actor-director Takeshi Kitano, in remarks on a TV current affairs programme that enraged gay rights activists There were all sorts ...

  5. Under fire, Legco chief reflects on his role

    Posted Jun 24th 2012, 12:00am

    ... to jeopardise the 'dignity' of the chamber. Referring to recent filibuster attempts made by pro-democrat lawmakers to block the cabinet restructuring plan proposed by chief executive-elect ... filibuster attempts, while pro-establishment lawmakers said he was being too lenient in allowing pan-democrats to lengthen Legco debates to block the cabinet restructuring exercise. People's ...

  6. 'No collusion' over killing debate, proposer insists

    Posted May 19th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Peter So name.name@scmp.com The lawmaker who on Thursday proposed killing the legislative filibuster denied colluding with the Legco president to invoke a never-before-used power to do so. ... decision to stop the chamber's scrutiny of the 1,300 amendments People Power filed in its filibuster. Video footage of the meeting shows Wong receiving two memos- one from Legco secretary ...

  7. Pause in hostilities for president's birthday

    Posted May 18th 2012, 12:00am

    ... decision to kill a filibuster after an all-night debate in the Legco chamber. Tsang had approved the overnight meeting that started on Wednesday morning to debate a controversial bill on scrapping ... ticked towards midnight, Labour Party chairman Lee Cheuk-yan- who had joined the filibuster- raised a motion to suspend the debate. Tsang announced a short break so that he could consider ...

  8. Threat remains to C.Y. Leung's revamp

    Posted May 22nd 2012, 12:00am

    ... on July 1, despite the controversial halting of a marathon filibuster. Legco's Finance Committee and its establishment subcommittee, which scrutinises government proposals for creating new ... to stop the filibuster had ended on a sour note. Tsang put paid to that filibuster after 33 hours of debate. The protesters said the remarks distorted their opposition to the termination ...

  9. Foul play

    Posted May 19th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Albert Cheng When the filibuster aimed at blocking the controversial by-election amendment bill entered its third round on Wednesday, the pro-establishment camp demanded a marathon ... it was embarrassing to see the pro-establishment camp use different ways to complain about the filibuster while the Democratic and Civic parties kept only some of their lawmakers in the council, allowing ...

  10. Tsang comes under fire from all sides

    Posted May 22nd 2012, 12:00am

    ... handling of last week's legislative filibuster. Pan-democrats moved a vote of confidence against Tsang, president of the Legislative Council, saying he failed to maintain political neutrality by axing the debate. Tsang put the brakes on the filibuster of a contentious by-election bill on Thursday, after 33 hours. Meanwhile, Tsang's political allies criticise him for accepting ...




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