With just seven days left in August, the period when the Presidencia controls the legislative agenda, Laura Chinchilla has designated 12 more bills as priority items. They include ratifying an agreement between Costa Rica and Qatar for promotion and to protect investments and one to declare the local version of the boy and girl scouts, the Asociación de Guías y Scout de Costa Rica, as a meritorious institution.
There is also a bill to ratify an agreement on investment with El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.
Another measure seeks to provide incentives for building homes. There also are measures approving property transfers by municipalities.
During periods when the Costa Rican Constitution does not order the legislature to meet, the chief executive has the right to call lawmakers into what are called extraordinary sessions. During these periods the Presidencia controls the agenda and lawmakers may only act on bills cited by Casa Presidencial.
The legislature is in session nearly all the time, and there are several of these extraordinary sessions a year.