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Mexico Senate Freezes Money Laundering Decision until February

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The Mexican Senate has gone on hiatus, leaving in its wake a number of important issues unattended, amongst them an important money laundering law. When it meets up again in February 2012 the Senate will face legislation on, labor reform, national security, and important transparency reforms.

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Key Bills Considered Frozen

Labor reform, national security law, amendments against money laundering and a police central command were issues that the House of Representatives left for another time.

In turn, four Senators left pending executive initiatives related to security issues, and did not approve the law promised the poet Javier Sicilia, which was linked to the care of victims of human rights violation; as well as laws that would federalize crimes against journalists, health reform, and the regulation of assisted reproduction with the use of surrogate wombs.

According to a note of the newspaper El Universal, at the end of this year, the Congress of the Union has an outstanding agenda, and then it also made political reform, which was rejected as a substantial part of the House of Representatives and endorsed in a principle by the Senate.

When it resumes work within the period beginning in February 2012, federal deputies find will find 207 thousand initiatives on which to rule, almost equal to the number presented since 2009, and many were “resurrected” by its authors, who requested his written ransom.

These include the proposals of federal enforcement, Felipe Calderon, Federal Forfeiture, who sent to the House on September 7, 2010 a law on a Public Safety System Federal District, sent to Members in February that same year.

They are also a host of initiatives frozen and the minutes of the Senate which were submitted by lawmakers from all parties in regards to transparency reforms, as well as an early warning of child stealing, amendments in taxation and budgeting a social security system, social development, and other bills.

The new rules of the House of Representatives approved in late 2010 gave this body a new way to “break the legislative lag,” which is the rejection of initiatives that, upon expiration of the term dictated, have not been analyzed.

Thus, the freezing mechanism was replaced by the precursor without analysis and is in this period were discarded three thousand 930 initiatives that had been brought from previous legislatures, because they were not presented on time. Only in its last session on Thursday, December 15 Chamber of Deputies passed the 112 and others were discarded.

Despite these numbers, the productivity of the House, with 156 opinions adopted in this period is the highest in the last 14 years since in 1997 the PRI lost control of the majority and opposition MPs, in block was higher than the bench tricolor.
By 2012 the Senate ready reforms

Beyond the electoral turmoil facing the large electoral calendar for 2012, the Senate prepares to push through reforms in”great depth” in the regular session from February to April, such as laws governing entities debt states, changes in the law against corruption, political reform in the Federal District and the legal construction of coalition governments, said the president of the parliamentary body, Jose Gonzalez Morfin.

According to a press portal Rota La Silla, who is also leader of the PAN senators said that despite the electoral noise will be present throughout the next year, the Senate “will begin to prepare for a new package of reforms agreed to times in the country. ”

He considered the various issues that may arise for the next session can generate convergence. As an example, said that during 2011 there was “the responsibility of all parliamentary factions in the construction of agreements,” and said that this is a “really positive antecedent is” to advance pending reforms. Therefore, he said, “We believe that for the next period we can make further progress in reforms to improve our democratic system of justice and administration.”

“It should be noted that beyond the start of election campaigns and internal party election cycle for 2012, this issue has not resulted, so far, a negative effect on the legislative progress,” argued the PAN.

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