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…

Supreme Court deems wording of Animal Welfare Bill unconstitutional
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Animal welfare
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Supreme Court deems wording of Animal Welfare Bill unconstitutional

L. Arias - February 1, 2017

Costa Rica's Animal Welfare Bill – which seeks to establish harsher punishments, including prison time, for abusing or killing animals – has suffered a new setback. On Wednesday, the…

Government tables draft bills aimed at approving fiscal reforms
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Government tables draft bills aimed at approving fiscal reforms

L. Arias - January 28, 2017

President Luis Guillermo Solís will table a series of draft bills at the Legislative Assembly designed to increase government income and curb the country’s fiscal deficit, Casa Presidencial…

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

Costa Rica President Solís advocates for migrants at UN General Assembly
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Costa Rica President Solís advocates for migrants at UN General Assembly

L. Arias - September 21, 2016

President Luis Guillermo Solís urged members of the United Nations on Tuesday evening to find ways to ensure protection of refugees' and migrants' human rights — at a…

Government presents 2017 budget proposal with 12 percent hike
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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…

New cases of animal abuse spark criticism of President Solís, lawmakers
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New cases of animal abuse spark criticism of President Solís, lawmakers

L. Arias - July 16, 2016

Public outrage sparked by Duke, the mutt that lost part of his upper jaw after suffering an apparent machete attack earlier this month, has turned toward President Luis Guillermo Solís and…

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…