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Mexican Senate hastily approves new mining rules
By Raul Cortes
Saturday, April 29, 2023
MEXICO CITY -- The Mexican Senate today approved in an express session a package of laws including two constitutional reforms and a new mining law rebuked by the mining chamber and Canada.
Representatives of the president's Morena party and its allies, nearly unanimously and with little debate, approved the laws in a fast-tracked process without opposition legislators present. Legislators convened outside the chamber's usual voting location after the opposition occupied the chamber to try to prevent the session.
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The two constitutional reforms approved by the Senate involve lowering the age to be a legislator and secretary of state to 18 from 21, and prohibiting perpetrators of gender violence from participating in elections.
The mining law shortens concessions in the mining sector to 30 years from 50, tightens water extraction permits, and requires some mining profits to be returned to local communities, among other modifications. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador promoted the initiative, but had originally proposed reducing concessions to 15 years. ...
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