Bill’s text did the reverse of what lawmakers wanted

Either the legislature needs a good editor or someone else is making laws.

The latest problem involves the text of a law that was designed to cap disproportionate pensions for lawmakers who served before 1992.

Lawmakers agreed to do this, and the measure passed the required two times. But what was passed is not what the lawmakers thought they approved.

A review of the document showed that rather than capping the pensions, the measure extends the same disproportionate benefits to sitting lawmakers.

President Luis Guillermo Solís is expected to veto the law as written and return it to the legislature for more action.

This is not the first time that a law did not say what lawmakers thought it did. A classic example is the 2010 rewrite of the immigration law. That was when expats pushed for a rule that would allow snowbirds and other visitors to Costa Rica to renew their tourism visa at least once by paying a fee rather than leaving the country.

The final version did not provide for this. Instead, it specifically ruled out persons who had received a 90-day visa to enter the country.

That meant most of the First World visitors.

Sandra Piszk Feinzilber, a Partido Liberación Nacional lawmaker, noted the undesirable aspects of the law that was just passed in a talk to her colleagues Monday.

She promised that there would be no turning back and that the pension law would be passed again along with measures restricting pensions in other branches of government.

She noted that the current draft that will be vetoed went through the legal staff of two of ministries.

The existing law that lawmakers want to dump provides a 30 percent annual escalation in the pension amounts.

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