Costa Rican lawmakers give themselves vacations on Easter Holy Week

March 11, 2014
1 Comments

Lawmakers will take time off from their duties during Easter Holy Week, which this year takes place April 14-18.

The proposal for lawmakers to enjoy a full week vacation was unanimously approved Monday evening by all 43 legislators present at the full Legislative Assembly session.

Lawmakers this year returned to work on Feb. 4, after a 46-day vacation period they approved to enjoy Christmas and New Year celebrations and also to participate in the presidential election campaign.

Assembly President Luis Fernando Mendoza said progress on the daily agenda in recent weeks allows the lawmakers to take a break during the holy days. “The Assembly has done its job, we have fully complied with the daily agenda,” he said at the end of Monday’s session.

However, Mendoza acknowledged that the pause might delay the voting on several key bills pending approval.

“We’re going to move forward [with pending bills] as much as we can before leaving for vacation, mostly the discussion and approval of key agenda items such as the appointing the ombudsman or a bill to regulate biomedical experiments in the country,” he added.

The 2010-2014 legislative period will end on April 30, and 57 new lawmakers will take office on May 1.

You may be interested

Adaptive surfing, part II: The story of Dean Bushby
sports
124 views
sports
124 views

Adaptive surfing, part II: The story of Dean Bushby

Ellen Zoe Golden - May 22, 2018

A three-part look at adaptive surfing in Costa Rica. Read Part I here to learn how a Central Pacific coach is…

Costa Rica launches Pride Connection network
Human rights
152 views
Human rights
152 views

Costa Rica launches Pride Connection network

Elizabeth Lang - May 22, 2018

As Costa Rica continues to grapple with the disagreements about marriage equality and gender identity that dominated the second round…

Costa Rica at a glance: top news from the past week
The Alvarado Administration
187 views
The Alvarado Administration
187 views

Costa Rica at a glance: top news from the past week

The Tico Times - May 21, 2018

Newly inaugurated Costa Rican President Carlos Alvarado is closing in on two weeks on the job. Here are some of…