100 bills are in the hopper for lawmakers to consider

The executive branch now has an agenda of some 100 bills that it has presented to the legislature. Until May 1, the legislature may only consider bills forwarded to it by the executive branch.

Among the bills are some proposals that have been sought by opposition legislators. Marco Vargas, minister of the Presidencia is trying to knit together coalitions of lawmakers to pass bills favored by President Laura Chinchilla.

Among these is one that would level an annual assessment of $200 on every corporation and the omnibus tax package that the president has presented, Vargas noted.

Among those measures favored by most lawmakers is a bill for a national refuge at Ostional. There also is a proposal to create housing for the middle class, which is favored by most opposition lawmakers, Vargas noted.

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