To comply with his constitutional obligation of showing himself accountable to the citizens of Baja California, federal deputy Wenceslao Martinez Santos presented his second report of legislative activities in Ensenada, Baja California to various actors of civil society and public service at the state and federal level.
The federal deputy mentioned the initiatives presented in the Chamber of Deputies, such as the decree draft which proposes the Law of Sustainable Winegrowing Agroindustry. Its purpose is to boost and regulate the promotion of activities associated to the winegrowing industry in order to strengthen the sustainable integration of vine products facing the unfair competition from other countries products.
Regarding transparency and anti-corruption, Martinez Santos shared the initiative to local companies and individuals who participate in contracts receive a 10-point balance compared to foreign ones in order to generate economic spillover in the place where their activities take place and guarantee their quality.
On the Northern Border and Economy topic, the legislator presented a decree draft to create a Law of Strategic Economic Zones for the northern Border States. This would create judicial order with the objective of establishing the bases for border economy regimens that strengthen and incentivize productivity and competitiveness in the development of economic vectors of the northern Border States.
Promoting Cross-Border Tourism
During his report, Wenceslao Martinez emphasized an initiative that was presented to reform Article 40 of the Federal Roads, Bridges, and Automobile Transportation Law. Its objective is to allow private cross-border tourism vehicles with under 30 passengers the entry and movement without permission in order to boost tourism through U.S. tour operators and transportation to the Border States.
It must be emphasized that following NAFTA’s signature, Mexico adopted regulatory measures that, on one hand, prohibited the entry of international tourist buses under 30 passengers, of which there are 50,000 in California.
On the other hand, the entry of units with more than 30 passengers was allowed, but this happened through a dysfunctional entry regulation that only allowed 267 tourist buses to enter Mexico, out of 12,000 units registered in California 20 years ago.
As a result of these protectionist practices from Mexico, binational land tourism came undone and the number of visitors fell from over a million tourists per year to just 40,000.
The legislative work has been permanent and continuous, affirmed Wenceslao Martinez Santos, as the different initiatives that are in different stages in the process of discussion and presentation demonstrate:
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