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Governor Convokes Second Special Session

By on December 21, 2016

SAN JUAN—Puerto Rico Gov. Alejandro García Padilla convened a second special session in the Legislature Wednesday afternoon. Some 27 appointments and 16 legislative bills are set for discussion during the new session, to begin Thursday at 1 p.m.

Puerto Rico Gov. Alejandro García Padilla (CB)

Some proposed appointments stand out, among them former Popular Democratic Party (PDP) Sen. Gilberto Rodríguez Valle as head of the Minors’ Advocate Office, Carlos del Río as a new member of the University of Puerto Rico’s governing board, and Rolando Torres as deputy electoral comptroller.

Other notable appointments include Wanda Arroyo Rivera and Luis Nazario Maldonado to the governing board of the Public Buildings Authority. Arroyo, who ran unsuccessfully for a PDP Senator-at-large seat in this year’s elections, was also named to the board of the Health Insurance Administration in representation of the public interest.

According to a press release released by La Fortaleza, the session will also address issues such as how to temper the Puerto Rico Controlled Substances Act with recent actions by the governor relaxing penalties on marijuana possession. Other matters to be discussed include facilitating the renewal of driver’s licenses online, the reactivation of the island’s poultry industry, a bill intended to revitalize San Juan’s Santurce district, another bill seeking to declare Spanish as an official language over English, and amendments to laws related to subsidies and late payments to electric and water utilities, among others.

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