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Costa Rica postpones fiscal reform talks until next year

Costa Rica's Legislative Assembly will not discuss any bills to create or increase taxes for the rest of the year, Presidency Minister Sergio Alfaro Salas announced Monday evening, following a meeting with lawmakers from several parties.

Lawmakers approve 2016 national budget at ₡8 trillion

The votes of a majority of lawmakers from opposition parties on Thursday evening granted the government of President Luis Guillermo Solís the approval of its budget proposal for next year without any cuts and amid any incidents at the Legislative Assembly.

Costa Rica seeks to ban child beauty pageants

A legislative commission has approved two draft bills to fight the sexualization of minors and expand benefits to parents of children with severe health conditions.

Crash victims’ relatives ask lawmakers to table bill to eliminate prison sentences for blocking roads during protests

A demonstration of private chauffeurs on July 8 prevented ambulances from reaching the scene of an accident in which a mother and her daughter died.

Medical pot, gay civil unions and IVF among Costa Rica president’s priorities for upcoming legislative session

Presidency Minister Sergio Alfaro Salas told reporters that Casa Presidencial will focus its strategy on building consensus on bills that could be passed, but the ambitious agenda will have to contend with a recalcitrant legislature that has shown little interest cooperating with President Luis Guillermo Solís.

Tragic boat accidents renew calls for navigation law

In the wake of several tragic boat accidents this year, government officials and environmental groups are pointing blame at the Legislative Assembly for failing to pass a bill designed to increase maritime safety and hold ship captains accountable for reckless behavior.
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