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Governor may convene extra session in December

Gov. Pedro Pierluisi

By John McPhaul

Gov. Pedro Pierluisi Urrutia said Wednesday that “as there are many important issues that were not addressed” in the legislative session that concluded Tuesday night, he is seriously considering convening an extraordinary session of the Legislative Assembly in December.

“I am inclined to call an extraordinary session for all matters that are pending, including pending appointments, including important bills that are pending,” the governor said in response to questions from the press. “If I were to decide to convene an extraordinary session I would do it after the Thanksgiving holidays. In other words, it would be at the beginning of December, but I have not made the decision.”

“I am going to consult with the legislative leadership everything that is pending and deserves to be addressed in an extraordinary session and then I will make my decision,” he added. “I reserve the right to convene that session.”

Pierluisi said the idea of convening the extraordinary session is not ideal.

“We are supposed to have two sessions every year except the election year, when there is only one,” he said. “The extraordinary ones must be the exception. But in this case, as I see so many pending issues, including so many pending appointments, … by way of exception I am inclined to call it.”

Among the bills that have remained pending is House Bill (HB) 3, which amends labor laws. The measure was approved in the House of Representatives, but did not have the votes in the Senate, which left it pending.

Senate President José Luis Dalmau Santiago requested that HB 3 be included if the governor should call an extraordinary session.

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