State lawmakers visit Portugal, Azores

By On October 13, 2018

State lawmakers visit Portugal, Azores

BOSTON -- Fifteen state lawmakers are in the Azores, after spending time in Portugal and before coming home Tuesday.

They are scheduled to visit Monday morning with President Vasco Cordeiro on Sao Miguel Island to discuss Azores-U.S. relations, according to an itinerary, "including the Lajes Air Base, economic and educational partnerships."

Sen. Michael Rodrigues of Westport is leading the campaign season field trip, which includes Senate President Karen Spilka and House Speaker Pro Tempore Patricia Haddad. Other l egislators participating in the trip, which flew out of Logan Airport last Tuesday, Oct 9, are Sens. Marc Pacheco, Mark Montigny, Joseph Boncore, William Brownsberger, Nick Collins, Cindy Friedman, Adam Hinds, and Joan Lovely, and Reps. John Mahoney, James O'Day, Sarah Peake, and Alan Silvia.

The tour group is to meet with Ponta Delgada Mayor Jose Manuel Bolieiro at midday Monday "to discuss areas of concern of the Azorean-American diaspora." They join the Count of Albuquerque, Augusto Athayde, at the Jardim Botanico Jose do Canto, a botanic garden, in the afternoon. They return to Boston Tuesday afternoon after seven days abroad.

The lawmakers visited Portugal, meeting the U.S. ambassador and the president, of Portugal before leaving the mainland Saturday afternoon, flying from Lisbon to Ponta Delgada, Azores. While in Portugal, they toured a "smart grid energy conservation" setup.

After checking into the Hotel Talisman on Sao Miguel , they were to tour the historic Sahar Hassamain Synagogue which is now a Jewish museum, according to an itinerary.

The House and Senate members were to have a "casual" day on Sunday, with no scheduled meetings or tours on Sao Miguel Island.

The legislators and their guests paid for their own airfare and hotel accommodations, while in-country transportation and some meals were paid for by the Luso-American Development Foundation (FLAD).

FLAD representatives met with the lawmakers on Thursday about Portugal's decriminalization of opioids.

Material from the State House News Service was used in this report.

Source: Google News Portugal | Netizen 24 Portugal

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