Lawmaker proposes suspending permits of motorists who crash into trains
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Costa Rica
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Lawmaker proposes suspending permits of motorists who crash into trains

L. Arias - February 14, 2017

Legislator Rafael Ortiz Fábrega submitted a draft bill aimed at sanctioning motorists who damage trains with the suspension of their drivers' licenses for a full year. The Christian Social Unity Party lawmaker proposed…

Ten new parties register for the 2018 election
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Costa Rica
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Ten new parties register for the 2018 election

L. Arias - February 7, 2017

The Supreme Elections Tribunal (TSE) confirmed that it has received 10 applications from new political parties interested in participating in the national elections on Feb. 4, 2018.…

Lawmakers exclude full hybrids from electric cars bill
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Lawmakers exclude full hybrids from electric cars bill

L. Arias - February 5, 2017

A legislative committee on Government Affairs has dismissed a series of motions seeking to include non-plug-in hybrids – cars powered by hydrogen or solar energy – in a tax-exemption bill focused…

Legislative Assembly approves budget cuts to infrastructure, child welfare and public health
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Costa Rica
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Legislative Assembly approves budget cuts to infrastructure, child welfare and public health

L. Arias - November 30, 2016

For the second time this week a group of lawmakers broke the quorom at the Legislative Assembly session and automatically allowed the approval of the 2017 National…

Brazil faux pas sparks heated debate in Legislative Assembly
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Costa Rica
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Brazil faux pas sparks heated debate in Legislative Assembly

L. Arias - September 30, 2016

Foreign Minister Manuel González Sanz told the Legislative Assembly on Thursday that Costa Rica’s decision to walk out of the United Nations (U.N.) session before Brazilian President…

Supreme Court rules prison sentences in animal welfare bill unconstitutional
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Costa Rica
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Supreme Court rules prison sentences in animal welfare bill unconstitutional

L. Arias - September 22, 2016

The Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court, Sala IV, ruled unconstitutional on Wednesday various articles of an animal welfare bill currently pending a final vote at the Legislative…

Citizen group wants referendum on drafting a new Constitution
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Costa Rica
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Citizen group wants referendum on drafting a new Constitution

L. Arias - September 7, 2016

The group “Nueva Constitución CR” (New Costa Rican Constitution) submitted a request Monday to the Supreme Elections Tribunal (TSE) to collect signatures across the country to hold…

Government presents 2017 budget proposal with 12 percent hike
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Costa Rica
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Government presents 2017 budget proposal with 12 percent hike

L. Arias - September 5, 2016

The government's 2017 budget proposal is 12 percent higher than the current year's budget, thanks mostly to accumulated debt, the presidency said. Vice President and Finance Minister…

Lawmakers approve Social Security loan, highway fund during extraordinary period
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Costa Rica
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Lawmakers approve Social Security loan, highway fund during extraordinary period

L. Arias - September 2, 2016

The Legislative Assembly passed six bills during the August extraordinary period of lawmaking, including funding for several big projects but excluding the major bills supporters hoped would get…

Gender equality ruling aims for nearly 50/50 male-female Costa Rican legislature
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Costa Rica
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Gender equality ruling aims for nearly 50/50 male-female Costa Rican legislature

L. Arias - May 27, 2016

Costa Rica, which already has laws requiring that political parties’ candidates for the national legislature be half women, is doubling down on gender equality with a court ruling…