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Infrastructure bill sails through

Govt plans special May session to fast-track law

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  • Writer: Aekarach Sattaburuth, Manop Thip-sosd and Penchan Charoensuthipan
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After two full days of heated debate, the House of Representatives last night voted to approve the first reading of the government's 2-trillion-baht infrastructure loan bill. 

The 36-member committee now gets just 30 days to scrutinise the bill before it proceeds to its next reading.

The bill sailed through with 284 votes in favour with 152 against and 21 abstentions. After winning approval, the government proposed that the bill be scrutinised within 15 days but later agreed to the opposition leader's proposal to lengthen the period to 30 days to give more time for the committee to go through it.

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