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Debate and Scandal: A Look at Buenos Aires Province Senate’s Second Session

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By: BNN Correspondents
Debate and Scandal: A Look at Buenos Aires Province Senate’s Second Session

Senate Session Amidst Judicial Controversy

The Senate of Buenos Aires province, Argentina’s largest and most populous province, is set to convene for what will be its second session of the year if it proceeds. This call for a regular session comes amidst a judicial scandal involving Julio Segundo “Chocolate” Rigau, a member of the Justicialist Party and an employee of the Chamber of Deputies. Rigau was discovered in an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) with dozens of debit cards registered in the names of individuals employed by the Chamber, alongside a significant amount of cash. However, the Chamber of Deputies has shown no signs of progress towards addressing this scandal, and the details of the case are being closely guarded.

Predicted Senate Session Agenda

Reports from both government and opposition sources within the provincial Senate suggest that the upcoming session will not include discussions on substantial topics. The approval of around 30 judges, a duty that falls to the Senate, is expected to be postponed. Instead, the session is likely to address matters such as the adherence to “Lucio’s Law” (a legislation aimed at preventing child abuse) and the potential establishment of a provincial university in González Catán, La Matanza. Some observers, however, warn that the session might not take place. If the session does occur, it will be the first regular session since April 12, the sole debate held so far this election year.

Debit Card Scandal Unlikely to Influence Senate Debate

The debit card scandal involving the Chamber of Deputies is not expected to feature in the Senate’s debate. According to one legislator, there is not much concern or impact on the Senate regarding this issue. Other sources from the Chamber also do not anticipate the issue infiltrating the discussion, assuming the session takes place.

Stagnation in the Provincial Chamber of Deputies

Meanwhile, there are no updates about a potential session in the provincial Chamber of Deputies that might alleviate the current stagnation, not even due to the case involving contracted employees that led to an individual’s detainment, who has since been released by a judicial decision.

Double Signature System for Administrative Decisions

The Chamber of Deputies has a double signature system in place for endorsing administrative decisions. In addition to the president of the body, the signatures of the vice president and the first vice president are also required. As stated in the regulation, “The vice president and the first vice president must endorse the administrative acts of the president”. This shared responsibility was emphasised by both the ruling party and the opposition.

Response from the Left Front and La Libertad Avanza Block

The Left Front, which has representation in the Chamber of Deputies, has put into motion a response to the ongoing events. On the upcoming Friday 29, they plan to protest in front of the Legislature. They are also preparing a report on the operation of the chambers, as reported by Deputy Guillermo Kane. The La Libertad Avanza block expressed “deep concern” about the case, calling for an investigation to reach those orchestrating these schemes.

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