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P.R. House ready for Inaugural Session

By on January 7, 2017

SAN JUAN — The Puerto Rico House of Representatives will celebrate its Inaugural Session next Monday, thus initiating labors of the Legislative Assembly.

The announcement was made by Protocol director Marilú Santiago, who emphasized that the activity will be in tune with the times and the local government’s fiscal reality.

Newly elected House Speaker Carlos "Johnny" Méndez

Newly elected House Speaker Carlos “Johnny” Méndez

“Continuing with the request of our House Speaker-elect Carlos “Johnny” Méndez Núñez of austerity and prudence in the use of public funds, the Inaugural Session will be very simple, strictly protocol and without superfluous expenses,” affirmed the official in written declarations.

Santiago explained that labors will begin at 1:00 p.m. with the traditional “sound of the bell” that announces the beginning of the session.

“According to protocol established for this type of session. the House functions president, Secretary of the Body, Ayleen Figueroa, will open labors with a greeting for all representatives. Then there will be an invocation, followed by the color presentation on behalf of the National Guard and official national anthems of Puerto Rico and the United States. Then begins the process of nominating the speaker and presenting the House leadership,” she added.

The presentation of Puerto Rico’s national anthem will be in charge of a muscular-dystrophy patient, while the U.S. anthem will be interpreted by a public-school student.

Santiago also confirmed the majority presence of the Supreme Court Associate Judges, as well as mayors and officials from the Executive branch. Gov. Ricardo Rosselló is expected to be present during the session.

Once the nomination process is completed, the House Speaker-elect will offer his acceptance speech, to then bring closure to the Inaugural Session.

The entire event will be broadcasted free-of-charge through CableVisión, a channel from Liberty Puerto Rico. CableVisión is aired through channel 10 of Liberty’s digital alignment, and channel 210 of it’s high-definition offers. In Choice Cable, CableVisión is aired through channel 19, and channel 379 of its high-definition alignment.

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