House majority leader asks governor to convene extraordinary session

By John McPhaul

Rep. Ángel Matos García, the Popular Democratic Party (PDP) majority leader in the island House of Representatives, asked Gov. Pedro Pierluisi Urrutia on Wednesday to convene an extraordinary session of the Legislature to address various measures that were left unfinished in the legislative process during the year’s first ordinary session and which he said “are of benefit to the country.”

As an example of bills that could be approved in an extraordinary session, Matos García noted House Bill 478 and House Bill 14, measures to establish a weekend without a sales and use tax for essential items and equipment such as hurricane season preparation, and to make the Puerto Rico Tourism Co. a public corporation, respectively.

“These measures were approved unanimously in the [lower] chamber,” he said in a written statement. “However, they could not be approved in the Senate, so they could be considered in an extraordinary session. In this way, we address two bills that will help our economy. It is important that they be addressed urgently before the start of a very active hurricane season, and the same goes for the tourist activity that is an important part of the economic development of the country.”

In a letter sent to the governor, Matos García extended an invitation to Pierluisi to “join efforts and work together, since Puerto Ricans chose a shared government that can coincide in most of the purposes to advance the initiatives that help improve living conditions in the country.”

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