Lawmakers to delay president’s speech

Lawmakers will be able to negotiate, scrap and politick without an eye on the clock May 1 under a proposal that advanced Monday in the legislature.

The Comisión de Reglamento voted to approve a change in legislative rules. Until now, lawmakers met to reorganize at 9 a.m. every May 1 followed by the president’s state of the state speech later in the day.

Lately, the 9 a.m. session has been dragging on, so the new rule will be for the president to delivery the message at the next regular legislative session.

The session for the president’s message is highly formal. Diplomats and members of the other branches of government attend.

The time has been moved around lately. The speech has been given at night. Lawmakers have been inclined lately to establish the session at 3 or 4 p.m, but that can bring conflict with a prolonged morning session.

The rule change would take effect May 1, 2017.

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