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Public hearings on measures related to LUMA Energy, PREPA continue today in Senate

Sens. Javier Aponte Dalmau, left, and Ramón Ruíz Nieves chair the Strategic Projects & Energy and Government committees, respectively.

By The Star Staff

The island Senate will continue with the public hearing process today on Senate Bill (SB) 931, which seeks to transfer money from the State Insurance Fund Corp. (SIF) to LUMA Energy and the Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority (PRASA), as well as the investigation into the debt of agencies and corporations with the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA).

The Strategic Projects & Energy and Government committees, chaired by Sens. Javier Aponte Dalmau and Ramón Ruíz Nieves, respectively, will hold a joint hearing in the Leopoldo Figueroa Carreras Room of the Capitol at 10 a.m. on SB 931, an administrative measure that seeks to create the “Law to Mitigate the Increase in the Price of Energy in Puerto Rico.” The Treasury Department, Office of Management and Budget and the Puerto Rico Fiscal Agency and Financial Advisory Authority have been summoned to depose at the public hearing.

During the first public hearing, held last Tuesday, the heads of the Puerto Rico Energy Bureau, PREPA and the SIF favored the legislation, although they did not identify a source of repayment to the SIF.

Meanwhile, Treasury, Federal Affairs and Financial Oversight Board Committee Chairman Juan Zaragoza Gómez will hold a public hearing on Senate Resolution 66 at 9:30 a.m. in the Miguel A. García Méndez Room. During the hearing, the debt of government agencies and public corporations with PREPA will be discussed. Summoned to depose are officials from PREPA the Medical Services Administration/Medical Center and the Ports Authority.

Last Wednesday, the committee found discrepancies in the numbers related to the debts that agencies have with PREPA and LUMA Energy. The agencies that appeared to depose were the departments of Education and Housing, the SIF and PRASA.

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