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Author: Darmy Cortes

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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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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