Thursday, April 15, 2010


Nacionalista Congressperson Renán Inestroza has introduced a bill in the National Congress that would, by amending the constitution, reduce the number of representatives from 128 to 80 (or 90, the article uses both numbers). Why, you ask? His argument boils down to the fact that the Congress people cost money, about $50,000 (US) per year in salary per representative, and this would save all that salary.
"We believe that it has been the desire on the part of the citizens to reduce the high bureaucracy that exists in the National Congress with 128 representatives."

His secondary argument is that he claims the current distribution of representatives, by department is not fair, citing the 2005 representation for Comayagua and Santa Barbara as an example. The constitution calls for a proportional distribution of representatives.

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