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Public input to be allowed at hearing to confirm highway authority debt adjustment plan

U.S. District Court Judge Laura Taylor Swain

By The Star Staff

U.S. District Court Judge Laura Taylor Swain will allow the public to speak at a hearing scheduled to confirm the debt adjustment plan for the Puerto Rico Highways and Transportation Authority (PRHTA), which has been in bankruptcy under Title III of the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Act, commonly known as PROMESA, since 2017.

The confirmation hearing is slated for Aug. 17.

During the first day of the hearing, Swain said, the court will set aside time during which members of the public will have an opportunity to address the court briefly on their views concerning the proposed plan of adjustment for the PRHTA.

Members of the public interested in addressing the court may request permission to appear and speak by completing a registration form at the following website:

Due to time constraints, the judge said the court will randomly select up to eight individuals who have completed a registration form to participate in the confirmation hearing. All requests to participate in the hearing as a member of the public must be submitted through the website link by July 27 at 5 p.m.

Members of the public who are selected will be notified promptly of their selection at the email addresses they have provided in the online registration form. Selected participants must confirm their attendance by responding promptly to the email from the court. Only members of the public who are selected and who confirm their intention to attend the confirmation hearing by the stated deadline will be permitted to participate. Participants will be required to appear in person at the Clemente Ruiz Nazario United States Courthouse in Hato Rey at the appointed time and will be afforded up to 10 minutes each.

A certified Spanish interpreter will be provided. Remote participation (by phone or Zoom) is not permitted. Participants must comply with the relevant COVID-19 protocols (including applicable masking and social distancing requirements) upon arrival at the courthouse.

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