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Author: Darmy Cortes

Federal judge decides that bankruptcy filing applies to all of Puerto Rico’s Roman Catholic churches

After the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico ordered the seizures of all church assets, the Archdiocese of San Juan filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Presiding over the bankruptcy case, Judge Edward Godoy decided that the bankruptcy filing applied to all the dioceses of the Catholic Church in Puerto Rico. Previously, both the dioceses of Ponce and Mayaguez had filed for a motion to stop the seizure of their assets, claiming that they were not part of the pension plan lawsuit between retired teachers of Catholic school employees and the Archdiocese of San Juan.  This because the Supreme Court had...

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Government challenge to Judge Swain’s budget decision expected

Governor Rosselló is seeking to challenge Judge Swain’s decision which dictated that the Financial Oversight and Management Board did have the power to determine a budget for Puerto Rico. The case essentially settled the matter on which budget will be used for the upcoming fiscal year.. The effects of this decision means that the budget will decrease funds for government departments and government-owned corporations. Puerto Rico Senate President, Thomas Rivera Schatz (NPP), and House President, Carlos Méndez (NPP), are now also seeking to appeal Swain’s verdict over their own case, which sought to stop the implementation of the board’s...

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Local legislature powerless as Federal courts decide Puerto Rico’s budget

The Financial Oversight and Management Board rejected the Rosselló administration’s proposed budget because it was not in accordance with the certified fiscal plan, and because Rosselló would not abolish a law against unjustified dismissals (Law 80). The Oversight Board had submitted a general budget of $8.76 billion to the legislative and executive branches, along with budgets for government-owned corporations such as the Government Development Bank (GDB), The University of Puerto Rico (UPR), Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA), Puerto Rico Aqueducts and Sewers Authority (PRASA), and the Puerto Rico Highways and Transportation Authority (PRHTA). The board sought to approve...

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Puerto Rico legislature looking at civil, labor law changes

Changes to Puerto Rico’s Civil Code: Marriage, Divorce, and Inheritance Rights On Monday, June 18, Representative Milagros Charbonier (NPP) presented a new project that aims to change Puerto Rico’s Civil Code. The bulk of the changes regarding the codes deal with matrimony and divorce. The new Civil Code will including language that recognizes marriage between the union of two people instead of only a man and a woman; raises the age of marriage from 16 to 18, and requires raising the parental permission age from 18 to 21. It also prohibits marriage between collateral relatives by consanguinity or adoption...

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Puerto Rico Legislative Assembly works on PREPA, labor, social laws

Back in January 2018, Governor Ricardo Rosselló announced that the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) would be privatized. The House of Representatives of Puerto Rico has already approved their version of the legislative measure while President of the Senate of Puerto Rico, Thomas Rivera Schatz, has expressed his inclination towards dividing the bill in order to address the sale of assets and the handling of power distribution through Public-Private Partnerships separately. Meanwhile, it was mentioned during a May 8 hearing about the current status of the electric grid, that the US Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources...

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