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Friday, October 31 2014 @ 08:21 PM EDT

Big Pay Cuts For National Assembly Deputies

Law & LawyersBy Carlos Estrada Aguilar for La Critica - The President of the National Assembly of Deputies, José Luis Varela, presented today before the full Assembly a bill to reform the internal rules of the Legislature to cut some of the privileges of Members. The reform aims to allow the deputies to keep only those benefits necessary to develop their administrative and community functions. As a first action of the "change" promised by the incoming administration, the Board of Directors of the Assembly reduced the income of the President of the Assembly from $14,000 dollars per month to $10,000 per month, and the salary of the Vice President of the Assembly was reduced from $10,500 per month to $8,500 per month. The proposed amendments to Rules of Procedure of the Assembly included eliminating one of the three tax exemptions allocated to the primary member, while alternate members would be entitled to one exemption rather than the two they have at present. The bill also includes a mechanism that would allow for cuts to the pay of members who do not attend Assembly sessions. All these measures were laid out by Varela in the first speech he gave after taking office on 1 July 2009. It is expected Varela's proposal will quickly pass through all three debates. The members of political parties in the government alliance have 44 seats against 27 held by the PRD opposition.
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