April 11, 2021

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Key projects on the last day to approve measures

The draft budget, the Municipal Code and the attention of at least two measures on the retirement of public employees are the legislative pieces that will be on the table today, the last day of approval of measures in the last ordinary session of the Legislature this four-year period.

The Governor Wanda Vázquez Garced has announced that she will summon the Legislative Assembly to an extraordinary session.

The draft budget is under consideration by the Finance Commission which is chaired by Senator Migdalia Padilla. The legislator indicated yesterday to El Nuevo Día that she had not had access to the project approved in the House.

"They are talking about a substitute project. What substitute? I hope, at some point, to see what they approved, and I I have to sit down with the president of the Senate, "said Padilla." You have to take a good look at that and we haven't had much time. "

In the Legislative Assembly, there are three pending bills on retirement: one creates the new Retirement Law for the University of Puerto Rico (UPR), another establishes a public policy of zero cuts to pensions and a third legislates a retirement window for certain employees.

The last two measures, the Project of the Chamber 2434 and Senate Bill 1616 have been contested by the Fiscal Oversight Board.

The approval of the bill on the new UPR Retirement Law has not yet been recommended to the full chamber by its author, Lourdes Ramos, who chairs the Siste Commission more of Retirement and Veteran Affairs.

Attention to the deaf community

On the other hand, yesterday the Senate approved a project by the independentista senator Juan Dalmau Ramírez that creates the Liaison Office for deaf people before the government.

"He will have the responsibility of being an interlocutor between deaf people and government services, based on sensitivity and respect for the culture of the deaf," said Dalmau Ramírez, who trusts that the measure will be approved today in the House.

The Senate it also approved the creation of the Department of Military Affairs, an entity that would group the National Guard and the Emergency Management Bureau under one command.

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