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Mike Cruz signs 15 bills into law

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by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - Acting Governor Mike Cruz signed 15 bills into law today, but it was one bill that didn't muster his support (Bill 271) that would have prevented the Guam Police Department from hiring an in-house attorney and would have repealed a provision of local law that allows a former chief of police to return to his previous classified position prior to appointment.

That provision was added in you may remember to prevent former chief of police Paul Suba from returning to GPD. In the end it wasn't needed, because the Camacho Administration didn't fire him and Suba reneged on his announcement that he would retire.  The acting governor said GPD needs an in house counsel because of its involvement with criminal investigations and criminal arrests. 

Signed into law were the following (courtesy GuamGovernor.net):

Bill No. 159-30, now P.L. 30-163: "AN ACT TO ADD A NEW CHAPTER 90A TO TITLE 10, GUAM CODE ANNOTATED, RELATIVE TO PROHIBITING THE IMPORTATION AND SALE OF INGESTIBLE TOBACCO FILM STRIPS, INGESTIBLE TOBACCO STICKS, TOBACCO HARD CANDIES, NICOTINE LOLLIPOPS, NICOTINE LIP BALM, AND NICOTINE WATER"

Bill No. 303-30, now P.L. 30-165: "AN ACT TO ADD A NEW ARTICLE 10 TO CHAPTER 51 OF TITLE 10, GUAM CODE ANNOTATED, RELATIVE TO RECOGNIZING THE VILLAGES OF INARAJAN AND ORDOT AS THE HOST COMMUNITY FOR ACCOMMODATING THE SOLID WASTE DISPOSAL NEEDS OF THE ENTIRE LAND OF GUAM RESULTING FROM THE OPERATION OF THE LEYON LANDFILL AND ORDOT DUMP IN THEIR BACKYARDS"

Bill No. 337-30, now P.L. 30-166: "AN ACT TO AMEND §26603(d) OF ARTICLE 6, CHAPTER 26, TITLE 11, GUAM CODE ANNOTATED, RELATIVE TO PROVIDING THE GUAM MEMORIAL HOSPITAL AUTHORITY (GMHA) WITH A SECURED FUNDING SOURCE FOR THE PURPOSE OF REDUCTION OUTSTANDING DEBT SERVICE PAYMENTS, THEREBY PROVIDING FINANCIAL RELIEF IN GMHA'S BORROWING ABILITY AND SUPPORT IN ITS OPERATIONS"

Bill No. 346-30, now P.L. 30-167: "AN ACT TO AMEND §§8107 AND 8108 OF CHAPTER 8, TITLE 7, GUAM CODE ANNOTATED, AND §6403 OF ARTICLE 4, CHAPTER 7, TITLE 17, GUAM CODE ANNOTATED, RELATIVE TO INCLUDING SCHOOL ATTENDANCE OFFICERS UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF SPECIAL DEPUTY APPOINTMENTS"

Bill No. 352-30, now P.L. 30-168: "AN ACT TO RE NUMBER §§20119 AND 20120, AND TO ADD NEW §§20119 AND 20120 TO CHAPTER 20 OF TITLE 19, GUAM CODE ANNOTATED, RELATIVE TO PROHIBITING DISCRIMINATION FOR THE GOVERNMENT OF GUAM PROGRAMS SOLELY ON THE BASIS OF CONVICTION OF STATUS OFFENSE"

Bill No. 362-30, now P.L. 30-169: "AN ACT TO ADD A NEW §849.6 TO ARTICLE 1, CHAPTER 8 OF TITLE 1, GUAM CODE ANNOTATED, RELATIVE TO RENAMING THE SOUTH DAIOG DEDEDO BUFFER STRIP, LOCATED WITHIN LOT BLOCK 16A, AS THE ‘DEDEDO VETERANS' MEMORIAL PARK'"

Bill No. 378-30, now P.L. 30-170: "AN ACT TO AMEND SUBSECTION (a) AND TO ADD A NEW SUBSECTION (g) OF §4301, ARTICLE 3, CHAPTER 4, TITLE 4, GUAM CODE ANNOTATED, RELATIVE TO RECOGNIZING THE TREMENDOUS BENEFIT AND IMPORTANCE OF PREVENTIVE HEALTHCARE ACTIVITIES AND PROGRAMS IN PROMOTING HEALTHIER LIVES, THROUGH REQUIRING THAT THE ACQUISITION OF HEALTH OR MEDICAL INSURANCE THROUGH THE GOVERNMENT OF GUAM INCLUDE THE PROVISION OF PREVENTIVE HEALTHCARE, WELLNESS, AND FITNESS"

Bill No. 379-30, now P.L. 30-171: "AN ACT TO ADD A NEW §3132 TO ARTICLE 1, CHAPTER 3, TITLE 5, GUAM CODE ANNOTATED, RELATIVE TO CREATING BETTER PUBLIC SERVICE FOR THE MAN'ÅMKO AND INDIVIDUALS WITH MOBILITY DISABILITIES"

Bill No. 390-30, now P.L. 30-172: "AN ACT TO AMEND SUBSECTION (d) OF SECTION 38, CHAPTER VI OF PUBLIC LAW 20-113, RELATIVE TO THE LADA ESTATES PROJECT AND ENSURING ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE HOUSING FOR THE PEOPLE OF GUAM"

Bill No. 391-30, now P.L. 30-173: "AN ACT TO AMEND §§61619 AND 61633 OF ARTICLE 6, CHAPTER 61, TITLE 21 GUAM CODE ANNOTATED RELATIVE TO HEARING DATE-NOTICE"

Bill No. 396-30, now P.L. 30-174: "AN ACT TO PROHIBIT THE POSSESSION OF HU-210, JWH-018 AND JWH-073, CHEMICALS FOUND IN THE PRODUCT COMMONLY KNOWN AS SPICE, AND SALVIA DIVINORUM OR SALVINORUM A"

Bill No. 405-30, now P.L. 30-175: "AN ACT TO AMEND §5270 OF ARTICLE 4, CHAPTER 5, TITLE 5 GUAM CODE ANNOTATED, RELATIVE TO INCLUDING THE DEPARTMENT OF MENTAL HEALTH & SUBSTANCE ABUSE IN THE GOVERNMENT GROUP PURCHASE OF DRUGS FROM MANUFACTURERS"

Bill No. 412-30, now P.L. 30-176: "AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 12 OF TITLE 17 OF THE GUAM CODE ANNOTATED, RELATIVE TO THE GUAM ACADEMY CHARTER SCHOOLS"

Bill No. 238-30, now P.L. 30-164: "AN ACT TO ADD A NEW §3133 TO ARTICLE 1 OF CHAPTER 3 OF TITLE 17, GUAM CODE ANNOTATED, RELATIVE TO THE CREATION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION FINANCIAL SUPERVISORY COMMISSION; AND TO AMEND §3112 OF ARTICLE 1 OF CHAPTER 3 OF TITLE 17, GUAM CODE ANNOTATED"

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