compactar (in this case)

22:07 Apr 5, 2017
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Spanish to English translations [PRO]
Law/Patents - Government / Politics / discussing a draft law - Guatemala
Spanish term or phrase: compactar (in this case)
"Se presentó por parte del Gobierno una propuesta de Ley XXXXX en el Congreso, que se adiciona a varias más, las cuales serán analizadas y *compactadas* por la comisión del Congreso respectivo..."

The text is not very well written and I have not found any other examples of "compactar" used in that way. I assume it means the committee will streamline/sum up the various drafts. But just in case, am I missing something, or is this specific to Guatemala? TIA!
Cecilia Gowar
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1 +4consolidate
Robert Carter
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I've never seen it used that way either, but I agree with you that it appears to mean what you suggest.

"Consolidated" is often a word used in this context.

A collection or compilation into one statute or one code or volume of all the laws of the state in general, or of those relating to a particular subject; nearly the same as "compiled laws" or "compiled statutes." See COMPILATION.
Law Dictionary: What is CONSOLIDATED LAWS OR STATUTES? definition of CONSOLIDATED LAWS OR STATUTES (Black's Law Dictionary)

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or "agreed" in your text

I think it may relate to "opinion compactada" which means much the same as the English noun "compact" "a formal agreement or contract between two or more parties" (Oxford Concise)

Opinión pública - El Rincón del Vago
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La OP es una ficción, puesto que frente a la opinión compacta, general y universal que promulga el liberalismo, en realidad se da el disenso y existen tantas ...
Calaméo - Vol 80. Más que un Eco de la Opinión. 4. Escritos 1890 ...
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Mas cuando se busca la opinión compacta de algún pueblo; cuando se ...... de la contienda, que a la fecha no ha significado más que un sacrificio inútil de ...

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Compactar: translate Spanish - English
Compactar translated between Spanish and English including synonyms, definitions, and related words. ... compactar → condense. , compress. , compact ...

It would appear the text is trying to say "to condense" or "to summaris(z)e". I agree with your suggestions of "streamline"/"sum up".

I will see if I can find concrete examples in use in Guatemala.

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