Senate passes Penal Code bill; bill now moves to the Chamber of Deputies


Staff member
Feb 20, 2019

The Senate fast-tracked the second reading of the Penal Code as cleared by the senator committee, passing the bill that introduces 72 new criminal classifications to bolster the country’s legal framework, as reported in Listin Diario.

There is a rush to move the bill on to the Chamber of Deputies in time to pass the bill in this legislature that ends on 26 July. The new legislature reopens on 16 August 2024, with several legislators leaving and new legislators joining the Legislative Branch.

The bill passed in the Senate without the three exceptions for abortion. PLD senator Yvan Lorenzo reminded the PRM-majority that when they were opposition in 2017 they had voted in favor of the three grounds. President Abinader has said he favors the three grounds. The ruling party Modern Revolutionary Party (PRM) is majority in both houses of Congress.

The bill had been...

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