Thursday, December 5, 2019

Puerto Rico gov enacts measures that reduce bureaucracy, raise funds

By on January 2, 2019

SAN JUAN – Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló signed into law several bills that seek to make the island’s central government and municipalities more efficient, as well as generate revenue.

The governor approved House Bill 1256, which was authored by Rep. José González Mercado to reduce bureaucracy by eliminating extra documentation required of bidders. The measure allows bidders who have received a bidding eligibility certificate by the General Services Administration (GSA) to participate in municipal offers without the need for additional documentation.

Rosselló said in a release issued by his office Sunday that the GSA’s inspection and accreditation process is sufficiently thorough, allowing for a “Single Bidder Registry.”

“It is unnecessary for a person or company to have to be certified in each municipality that might need their permits. This is a measure for efficiency and agility in government efforts, which shows that Puerto Rico is open for business,” Rosselló said.

Meanwhile, House Bill 839, authored by the Rep. Joel Franqui Atiles, makes it possible for the GSA to reach agreements with private companies for the sale of advertising space on certain government vehicles. Half of the funds raised by the initiative will be used to maintain the Department of Public Security’s fleet, which includes Police, Fire, Forensic Sciences and Medical Emergency department vehicles.

“At a time of great fiscal challenges, this initiative allows us to raise additional funds by allowing businesses to advertise on certain government vehicles,” the governor said.

Rosselló also enacted Joint House Resolution 228, authored by Rep. Michael Abid Quiñones Irizarry, which makes it possible for the Department of Transportation and Public Works (DTOP by its Spanish initials) to establish a pilot program for the renewal of a vehicle;s inspection sticker electronically.

He also signed Senate Resolution 242, which was authored by Sens. Thomas Rivera Schatz, José Vargas Vidot and Eduardo Bhatia to order the Office of Legislative Services to digitize any report or historical document produced in the drafting of the Constitution of Puerto Rico.

“As we approach 2020, we need to continue developing technological and innovative alternatives that position us at the forefront of the times. These joint resolutions comply with the public policy of innovation that we promote, while facilitating [government preocesses] for our constituents,” the governor said.

Rosselló also announced that he signed Senate Bill 940, which was authored by Sen. Miguel Romero. The measure aims to facilitate and clarify the process for the reconstruction of the Santurce and Río Piedras urban areas by allowing citizens to acquire abandoned real estate “directly,” with the objective of fostering their restoration and development.

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