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Author: Darmy Cortes

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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Puerto Rico enacts laws on tourism, social issues

These are the latest laws in Puerto Rico enacted through the month of January.  Beginning with a law that seeks to increase tourism in the central region of the main island of Puerto Rico by creating a new “Gastronomic Route” centering on Puerto Rican food culture. Social progress was also the focus of these latest laws with a program that aims to help communities of in public residential buildings, an adoption law that aims to streamline the process of adoption, the inclusion of sign language in schools, and, lastly, an anti-domestic violence programed for foreign women residing in Puerto...

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Puerto Rico Governor joins effort for gun safety

In response to The Parkland Shooting, the governors of Puerto Rico, New York, Delaware, and Massachusetts created the States for Gun Safety Coalition to counter gun violence. The purpose of the coalition is to encourage the member states to share data in order to monitor people who have a gun-ban placed on them. Details are still emerging as to how states will utilize the data to prevent gun violence. Following the announcement, Governor Ricardo Rosselló tweeted “that there is an indisputable relationship between lack of regulation for gun control” and the mass shootings that have taken place throughout the...

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The cost of privatizing public utilities

It truly seems that “those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it” as another Puerto Rican public utility company is privatized. All government administrations have privatized at least one public company since 1990. This time, Governor Ricardo Rosselló announced that steps will be taken to privatize the public utility company Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA). PREPA is the electric utility company of Puerto Rico. After Hurricane Maria, they’ve been in charge of bringing electricity back to Puerto Rico. Headlines have pointed out that PREPA is ‘bankrupt’, ‘hobbled’, and ‘troubled’. The Intercept published an article detailing...

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The Holidays in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico has one of the longest holiday seasons in the world, beginning with Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday of November and ending with Three Kings Day on January 6. The reason for this is because Puerto Rico has adopted American and Spaniard holiday traditions after being their colony. With Thanksgiving being a federal holiday, many employees are given the day off to spend with their families. Though Puerto Rico may not feel directly connected to the history of this American holiday, we still celebrate in our own way. Usually, families gather together at one of their houses, and...

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