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Senate Approves Investigation on Puerto Rico Tourism Industry

By on February 11, 2017

SAN JUAN — With aims to develop Puerto Rico’s tourism industry, the Senate ordered Saturday the Tourism & Culture Commission to perform an “exhaustive investigation” on the industry’s current state.

Via Senate Resolution 47 (S.R. 47), and once the study process is completed, the administration will determine priorities for the tourism sector, as well as new strategies to boost Puerto Rico’s economic development through that sector.

(Génesis Ibarra/CB)

(Génesis Ibarra/CB)

In the motive exposition, the measure establishes that House Bill 4 (H.B. 4), which proposes to create the destination marketing organization (DMO) to promote Puerto Rico as a touristic destination without being subjected to governmental changes, isn’t enough to solve “the tourism industry’s great challenges.”

After approving a bill proposed by Popular Democratic Party (PDP) Sen. José Aponte Dalmau, the Tourism Commission will have 180 days to present partial reports until it ends its investigation.

On another hand, the Upper Chamber approved H.R. 56, which orders the Women’s Affairs Commission to perform an investigation to determine the effectiveness of existing protocols to attend cases of domestic violence.

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The bill also orders an investigation on the effectiveness of collaborative agreements between the Puerto Rico Police, the Correction & Rehabilitation department, the Women’s Advocate Office (OPM by its Spanish acronym), the Justice Department, and the Family Department.

With this procedure, they aim to identify existing defects in the investigative process and instances of domestic violence, apart from establishing their social and economic impact on the island.

This measure joins the Legislative Assembly’s and several public agency’s efforts to reduce cases of domestic violence and impose stricter rules and laws that protect victims of abuse.

Other approved resolutions during the session include H.R. 69, to study the current state of Puerto Rico’s agricultural sectors; and Concurrent House Resolution 14 creates the Women’s Caucus. The latter was endorsed by the Senate’s Internal Affairs Commission, which recommended approval of the bill without amendments.

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