Despite claims from multiple sectors that have requested additional time to evaluate the measures, the president of the House of Representatives, Carlos "Johnny" Méndez, left the door open today for the presiding legislative body to approve this coming week, last of the ordinary session, two of three projects of enormous importance for the country: the Civil Code and the Electoral Code.
Regarding the Municipal Code, a project that has more than 1,200 pages, said it will be pending for the next session, the last one of the four-year period.
According to Méndez, the measures have been evaluated fairly and correctly.RELATED
Of the three, only the Civil Code has received public hearings in the Chamber. The legislative piece is before the consideration of the Senate, where its evaluation has been treated with extreme secrecy by the president of the Senate, Thomas Rivera Schatz.
The Electoral Code received a public hearing in June that was joint between the House and Senate, while the Municipal Code has not been evaluated in public hearings.
"The Civil Code has been working for 10 years in the Legislature. This House of Representatives, we had the north to finish that 10-year discussion and public hearings were held for two years and two months. It has been widely discussed and examined," said Méndez to journalists at the end of an electoral revival activity.
"The Electoral Code has been another issue that has been extensively examined in the Senate. Staff from the House of Representatives have participated in that Senate hearing, so the discussion has taken place," the cameral leader said when referring to a public hearing. 10 hours held in June. Objectors of the measure, such as leaders of the Popular Democratic Party IPPD) and the Puerto Rican Independence Party (PIP) argue that the legislative piece is a crude attempt by the New Progressive Party to steal the next elections.
Neither Rivera Schatz nor Senator Miguel Laureano, who has also had broad participation in the final drafting of the measure to be attended in the Senate next week, have wanted to disseminate the amendments.
"The Municipal Code has been discussed by mayors in various discussions and even with communities. So it has been projects that have been evaluated fairly and correctly," he said. "There will always be opposition."
Méndez accused the leadership of the PPD and the PIP of lying to the country since they have supposedly had access to the amendments to the Electoral Code. The cameral leader said that
To questions, Méndez anticipated that, if there are no unexpected changes introduced by the Senate to the Civil Code, he will recommend that you attend. The representative penetrated María Milagros Charbonier told El Nuevo Día in recent days that she knows these changes and that she recommends Méndez to attend.
"So far the amendments have been discussed and we have not had problems with them. If they remain the same we will attend," he said.
Regarding the Electoral Code, Méndez said there are amendments that he has suggested to the Senate and that, if they are not included, the lower house will do so. Méndez did not identify them.
"We do not download measure. We will refer it to commission, a report will be made and it will be discussed on the floor (hemicycle)," he said.
Will it be approved before November 14?
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Regarding the Municipal Code, Méndez said that several mayors have raised concerns and that it is "possible" to give him public hearings, contrary to Senate practice.
"He may stay for the next session," he said.
Apart from these measures, Méndez said he anticipates giving way to a measure of the executive that consolidates the Housing Financing Administration with the next to disappear Bando of Economic Development. It will also happen with the project that establishes clear parameters for the issuance of debt in the country.
"These are two measures that can be seen in the remainder of the session," he said.
Méndez said, on the other hand, that he has not been told that the project that seeks to increase the budget to the Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) is ready to be evaluated in the hemicycle.
"We will discuss it in the caucus," he said of the latter measure.