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Puerto Rico Legislature announces public hearing to evaluate gov’s ‘New Government’ bill

By on November 10, 2017

SAN JUAN – House Speaker Carlos “Johnny” Méndez announced Thursday that a joint public hearing with the Senate will be held next week to evaluate House Bill 1275 (Senate Bill 653), which creates the “New Puerto Rico Government Act,” to define the constitutional organizational and administrative structure of the executive branch.

Among other provisions, the measure seeks to reduce the number of government agencies to 35.

“We left very satisfied with the meeting with the governor. Next week we will hold a joint public hearing with the Senate. We are going to bring the agency heads to answer questions from the majority and minority legislators, and we will be ready to approve the bill immediately,” the speaker said in a written statement.

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Méndez made his remarks at the end of a meeting with Gov. Ricardo Rosselló and Senate President Thomas Rivera Schatz, where several topics were discussed, including the details related to the aforementioned measure.

In the lower chamber, the bill will be evaluated in the newly created Special Commission for the Reconstruction and Reorganization of Puerto Rico following the passage of hurricanes Irma and María, which is chaired by Méndez.

The speaker indicated he will be soon evaluating the appointment of Ygrí Rivera to serve at the Office of the Special Independent
Prosecutor’s Panel (OPFEI by its Spanish initials).

“This appointment is now ready, we hope to approve it next week,” he concluded.

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