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Legislature passes Bill 178

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At 6pm Friday evening, members of the 30th Guam Legislature passed Bill 178-30, granting full approval to the Port Authority of Guam's Master Plan. Senators spent much of the week discussing the measure that calls for more than $200 million worth of upgrades to the 40-year-old facility. The general manager of the Port, Glenn Leon Guerrero said, "I want to thank the senators for their debate, concern and positive action on this legislation."

However, Senator Matt Rector and Vice-Speaker BJ Cruz, both Democrats, did not vote for the bill. Cruz said, "As chairman of the Committee on Tourism, I could not support a master plan that gave such short shrift to the cruise line component of the port. I understand that we want take care of the marines, but we also have an industry that has been the economic engine of our community for the last 40 years and I cannot see just ignoring the need of the tourism industry by saying you can share your building with the fishery because it is never going to happen." Cruz added, "that really disappoints me that they didn't do more to care for tourism and the fishing industry that have been with us for the last forty years take care of the community. The master plan should have done more for that."

Senator Rector told KUAM, "I don't think the bill had enough protections in it for the people of Guam. We tried to put in good amendments to make sure the people were protected from corruption and usury and out and out blatant thievery."

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