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What is the fast track in Korea?

Let's find out about fast track, which is a hot issue these days.

The so-called "fasttrack" is one of the systems in which the National Assembly processes bills. It's also called designation of a fast-track agenda. Simply put, it's an express train so that the National Assembly can expedite special bills of importance and urgency. They decided that the National Assembly should deal with fast-track issues such as the election law and the Public Service Act. It was created when the National Assembly Advancement Act was introduced in May 2015. The bill, designated as a fast-track agenda, will be discussed at the relevant standing committee for up to 180 days, at the Legislation and Judiciary Committee for up to 90 days and at the plenary session for up to 60 days before being presented to the plenary session. It takes at least 180 to 330 days, but after that time it can be brought to the plenary session of the National Assembly.

- The bill designated as a fast track.

The revision to the election law agreed by the four ruling and opposition parties, excluding the Korea Party, reduces the number of seats in local constituencies to 225 and increases the number of proportional representation seats to 75, while introducing a district-by-region proportional representation system (currently 253 seats in local constituencies and 47 seats in proportional representation). It also lowered the voting age to 18 years. The Public Servicing Act is a bill that allows high-ranking government officials, including the president, to investigate and indict 'power-type corruption' by creating a special investigative body on crimes or corruption and granting some prosecutions.

- Why is it controversial?

The Korean party has strongly protested that the fast track is actually neutralizing the opposition's authority to review bills.
'가' refers to lyrics, '가' to lyrics, '가' to lyrics, and '家事' to lyrics to lyrics. The reason for the opposition is that the number of seats could be reduced if the election law is revised. As the number of proportional representation increases, it creates a favorable election platform for minor parties rather than big parties such as the Democratic Party and the Korea Party. There is a strong possibility that the number of seats will be reduced in the 21st general elections next year. The Democratic Party benefited from the reformation of the election system, which was the ruling party's long-cherished desire to set up a public office, but the Korean party did nothing.

이주연  sallynews@naver.com

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