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House to approve key bills in session’s final days

House Speaker Rafael Hernández Montañez

By The Star Staff

Speaker of the House of Representatives Rafael “Tatito” Hernández Montañez announced Monday that at the end of the sixth regular session, the lower chamber is preparing to approve a number of bills that cover issues such as transparency, government reengineering and tax savings for citizens.

“We are going to meet on Nov. 7 and 8 to approve the measures that are pending from the House, and on November 9 we will approve the measures that have come from the Senate,” Hernández Montañez said. “From the 10th to the 14th of this month we will be forming the conference committees for the remainder of the approvals.”

“Among the hundreds of measures that are typically approved at the end of the session, we have highlighted about 20 measures that have a great impact on citizens,” the speaker added. “An example of this is facilitating the granting of property titles, providing access to incentives for the purchase of new homes and speeding up the process … to build houses for people with greater need.”

“We will also transform the education system so that our children have the opportunity to have bilingual schools, with extended hours, extracurricular academic offerings and tutoring, which will improve the quality of life of our students and their parents,” Hernández Montañez said.

The speaker also specified that the House majority will continue to fight to restore labor rights, encourage the creation of jobs from home and protect jobs in the manufacturing sector.

“With sensitivity and awareness of the reality of the country, we will declare an emergency due to violence against children,” Hernández Montañez said. “We will extend the right to vote to legal immigrants who contribute so much to our economy and allocate additional funds to improve the police retirement system.”

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