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New House of Representatives hits the ground running

By John McPhaul


House of Representatives Majority Spokesperson Ángel Matos García said Tuesday that the first week in the lower chamber is a very active one legislatively with the filing of bills and initiatives.

The Popular Democratic Party representative for Carolina said that as of Monday at 4 p.m. a total of 582 measures -- 380 bills, 20 joint resolutions, 13 concurrent resolutions and 169 resolutions -- had been filed.

Among the measures, major bills have been filed such as House Bill No. 1, which proposes a law to define essential services in Puerto Rico and guarantee budget allocations; House Bill No. 3, to eliminate the Labor Transformation and Flexibility Act, known as the Labor Reform; House Bill No. 4, which proposes the elimination of the Electoral Reform of Puerto Rico; House Bill No. 5, which proposes the Constitutional Assembly on Status; and House Bill No. 14, which proposes the creation of the new Puerto Rico Tourism Company.

“During the inaugural session, in addition to confirming the leadership positions of the House, the Rules and Calendar committees, and the Internal Affairs Committee, were formed,” Matos García said. “During the first weeks of the legislative session, we will be setting up the committees with their jurisdictions and training the directors of the committees. Already, in the final stretch of January, we will be beginning to approve measures to be considered in the Puerto Rico Senate.”

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