Senate orders investigation into plan to rebuild Puerto Rico roads
SAN JUAN – The Senate passed a resolution Tuesday ordering an investigation into the Transportation & Public Works Department (DTOP by its Spanish initials) plan to restore and maintain Puerto Rico’s state roads, which sustained significant damaged from hurricanes Irma and María.
For purposes of the investigation, DTOP will have to “provide the data, factors and statistics on the improvement and deterioration of state roads.”
Senate Resolution 406, authored by Sen. Miguel Laureano, says the Innovation, Telecommunications, Urbanism and Infrastructure Committee must submit a report with the findings of its investigation within the next three months. Likewise, it will have to recommend the legislative and administrative actions that must be adopted as a result of the investigation.
Meanwhile, the legislative body also approved Senate Resolution 533 to investigate why the Puerto Rico Police has yet to be be paid owed overtime.
“I’ve learned that this is done on notebooks that are delivered and go through a bureaucratic process. This is unacceptable. This investigation will aim to give us a clear explanation of the extra hours of the most important security officer in the country,” said Sen. Henry Neumann, who presides the Public Safety Committee.
“It is unfair that a person who risks their life is not paid for the time worked. Also, I don’t know of any industry that doesn’t pay the hours worked. Wherever I go, police complaints are related to working in distant areas where they do 10-, 11- and 12-hour shifts, especially after the passage of Hurricane María,” the legislator added.