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Puerto Rico Senate President says special session will ‘probably’ be held

By on July 7, 2017

SAN JUAN – Puerto Rico Senate President Thomas Rivera Schatz said Thursday that it is very likely Gov. Ricardo Rosselló will convene a special session to address measures that support the fiscal plan and budget.

As for when it could be convened, Rivera Schatz said it would be in “late July, early August.”

Although the senator did not go into detail about which measures would be considered in the session, the governor said at the beginning of the week that it would be to address measures that support the fiscal plan, as are the restructuring of the retirement systems and the establishment of the pay-as-you-go pension plan.

House Bill 1142, which establishes changes in the payment of license fees for coin-operated machines as of July 1, would also be considered. This measure remained in conference committee in the last legislative session.

Senate President Thomas Rivera Schatz met with Gov. Ricardo Rosselló Thursday morning after his meeting with members of the fiscal board. (Courtesy)

In addition to the possibility of an extraordinary session, Rivera Schatz discussed with Rosselló “legislation and government issues that have nothing to do with the budget or the [fiscal oversight] board,” as well as “appointments.”

Regarding the appointment of the insurance commissioner, the Senate president said he also “had problems” with the votes, but “let’s see what happens now” if the governor appoints him again.

Rivera Schatz was measured when asked about what reply he has received to the letters he sent to federal officials and members of the U.S. Congress criticizing the expenses of the fiscal control board and the salary of its executive director, Natalie Jaresko.

“I have heard that there are members of Congress saying they should dismiss board members and have heard others, such as Congressman [Rob] Bishop [Utah-R], who clearly said that the members were in violation of the Promesa Law,” he said.

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