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    Legislator requests extension of energy subsidy

    A state legislator requested Congress to extend the energy subsidy an additional month due to climate change and high summer temperatures

    A state lawmaker proposed a resolution to call Mexico’s power public agency to extend the energy subsidy to consumers for an additional month.

    Assemblyman Manuel Guerrero Luna, of the Morena Party, introduced a resolution proposal that calls for Federal Electricity Commission Director Manuel Bartlett to extend the subsidy.

    The subsidy applies May-November. The lawmaker seeks to extend the subsidy to April.

    Lawmakers approved the resolution unanimously.

    Guerrero Luna said the energy high rates impact Mexicali and San Felipe residents.

    Residents and activists have held demonstrations to demand lower, fair rates, the lawmaker recalled.

    According to Guerrero Luna, climate change has led to increased summer temperatures and a consequently increased use of air conditioner units.

    Municipal parking lot ordinances discussed

    A state lawmaker called city officials to modify municipal parking lot ordinances in order to make sure owners become accountable for vehicle damage and thefts.

    Assembly Speaker María del Rocío Adame told La Voz newspaper regulations of private parking lots are nonexistent although the state recently enacted a law.

    The lawmaker said the call seeks to protect people’s properties.

    According to Speaker Adame many private parking lot owners have kept indicating customers they are not responsible for damages or thefts.

    However, the lawmaker assured law mandates owners are responsible by charging customers for keeping vehicles in parking lots.

    “If they are charging vehicle owners at least (owners) must have some security for vehicles,” Speaker Adame said.

    Law enacted in Feb. 2022 said cities had four months to modify local ordinances.

    Speaker Adame told the newspaper no date has been set for ordinance modification.

    So far, lawmakers are just suggesting cities to comply with state law.

    Michoacán residents leave state for crime, lawmaker says

    A state lawmaker said Baja California should open a new office to address immigrants from the state of Michoacán who are expelled from their hometowns due to violence.

    Assemblymember Roman Cota, who last week resigned from the Institutional Revolutionary Party, said hundreds of Michoacán residents fled their state due to crime and arrived in Tijuana.

    Many of them seek humanitarian asylum in the US but do not qualify for such benefits.

    Between 2015 and 2020, more than 110,000 Michoacán residents left the state, the National Institute of Statistics and Geography previously said.

    Just in 2020, the Institute said over 50,000 Michoacán residents escaped the state, with more than 94 percent arriving in the US.

    For those who are not admitted into the United States, Assemblyman Cota proposed the opening of an office to address their needs, including documentation and filing reports of crimes committed in their home state.

    The lawmaker said the lack of offices is a serious issue, as well as the nonexistent infrastructure to fulfill immigrant needs.

    Assemblyman Cota considered immigration as an issue that if remained ignored would lead to a social and economic impact.

    Assemblywoman introduced transit driver registration bill

    A state lawmaker proposed to create a new list of public transit drivers in Baja California in order to protect users.

    Assemblywoman Araceli Geraldo, of the National Regeneration Movement Party, introduced a bill to reform the Baja California Law of Sustainable Mobility and Transportation in order to protect women.

    At the same time, the bill looks to stop discrimination and harassment.

    The registry would be in charge of the Institute of Sustainable Mobility if the bill is enacted.

    The lawnmower said the list would include certain requirements from drivers.

    Also, the bill includes provisions to mandate driver training and the allocation of two out of every five seats to women.

    The legislator highlighted the need to involve public agencies in driver education on protocols while implementing focused activities to protect women.

    Assemblywoman Geraldo insisted that the bill if enacted, would allow women to use public transportation in a free and safe manner while granting protection from public agencies.

    Zero emissions vehicle bill introduced

    A state lawmaker introduced a bill that, if enacted, would mandate all new vehicles purchased by the State of Baja California are zero emissions or ZEV.

    Assemblyman Cesar Adrian Gonzalez proposed an amendment to the Law of Acquisitions that expects to buy new zero or low-emissions vehicles.

    Also, the bill would mandate that all RFPs are open and transparent by unveiling bidding companies’ information about the best sale conditions, just like Mexican law regarding the best use of natural resources.

    The bill also includes provisions to make it mandatory that all paper purchased by state agencies is recycled.

    Assemblyman Gonzalez said if the bill is enacted the state will comply with commitments made by Mexico to address climate change.

    A similar bill was approved by Congress recently, the lawmaker said.

    However, according to Gonzalez the Mexican bill only addresses the ZEV side.

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