Senate rejects measure that imposes more marriage certificate requirements – NotiCel – The truth as it is – Noticias de Puerto Rico – NOTICEL

In addition, at today’s session, a project was approved that designates March 15 as the “Day of Remembrance of the victims of covid-19”, which are already over five thousand.


An aspect of today’s regular session on the Senate floor.

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In today’s regular session, the Senate approved a measure to declare March 15 as “Day of Remembrance for the victims of covid-19”, but did not approve another that establishes new laboratory tests for issuing marriage licenses.

Senate Bill 635, introduced by Senator Wanda Soto Tolentino, designates March 15 of each year as “Covid-19 Memorial Day” to remember those who died on the Island as a result of the pandemic.

According to the Island’s Ministry of Health, today the death toll exceeded five thousand since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, after eight cases were added this Tuesday.

In total, there have been 5,004 deaths related to covid-19.

On March 21, 2020, the first death from covid-19 was registered: a 68-year-old Italian woman who was on the Costa Luminosa cruise ship.

Four days later, the government of Puerto Rico announced the deaths of a resident due to the virus, a 48-year-old teacher from Rincon and the wife of a police officer.

The commemoration initiative also aims to make citizens aware of the importance of disease prevention.

Another health-related measure that did not pass the Senate was Bill 589, authored by Senator Ruben Soto Rivera, which amends Article 385 of Act 55 of 2020 (New Civil Code) and Section 2 of Act 133 of 1937 d. (regarding the demographic register) to add tests for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and human papilloma virus (HPV) as a requirement for issuing the marriage certificate.

The project, which did not receive the necessary 14 votes (13 for and 11 against), was criticized by Senator José Vargas Vido: “This is an important project, but we need a little more information to make it operational, because the possibility that the tests for these two states are cheap, affordable, exist? Health has a protocol for following up on a positive test. There is also a papilloma test which is invasive and not FDA (Food and Drug Administration) certified”.

The only other measure that failed today’s session (10 votes in favor, 6 against, and 8 abstentions) was Senate Bill 666 by Sen. Ruben Sotto Rivera, which sought to create a “Minimum Wage Act for social work professionals in the private sector’. sector in Puerto Rico.

The measure authorized the Secretary of the Department of Labor to regulate its application, provide for temporary exceptions to its applicability for private employers, and establish penalties for noncompliance, among other matters.

In another area related to recycling, the apex body approved Senate Bill 99 to create a “Demolition Waste Recycling Act” to establish the recycling of demolition waste as a public policy and priority alternative to its disposal, a requirement of the Center of Excavation and Demolition to notify the Department of Natural and Environmental Resources (DNER) of any demolition project and direct DNER to the relevant regulations.

The measure aims to address the fact that landfills have limited capacity and, according to the project, “filling them with waste will significantly reduce their useful life without effective disposal alternatives”.

Also related, the Senate approved House Joint Resolution 2, which directs the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration (PRFAA) and the Puerto Rico Central Office of Recovery, Reconstruction and Resilience (COR3) to identify available federal funds for address the landfill situation in Puerto Rico and provide advice and assistance to municipalities in requesting existing funds on the matter.

Likewise, senators backed House Bill 731, which would amend Act 54 (the “Domestic Violence Prevention and Intervention Act”) to make the crime of spousal sexual assault inadmissible when the victim is under 18 and the accused is over 18 at the time of the crime.

The legislative act was adopted with 16 votes in favor, 6 against and two abstentions.

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