by Mindy Aguon
Guam - The Allied Health Board met this afternoon, and once again KUAM's cameras were not allowed into the meeting. Board chair Mamie Balajadia said the denial of our cameras during the last meeting was a misunderstanding, but today we were told all recording devices are banned from the meetings entirely, as per an Attorney General's opinion.
"The board has enacted a rule that says the meetings cannot be recorded," noted a member," who added, "no filming, anyone can be present at the meeting, no filming and no recording." When asked why, KUAM News as told, "we don't want it to disrupt the board's business."
The AG's Office, however, clarifies that no opinion has been rendered on a request for an opinion relating to recording devices being utilized during allied health board meetings. It is a government board that is required to comply with the Open Government Law requiring adequate notice of meetings and allows media access into government meetings.
Meanwhile, the board briefly discussed its case against Dr. Joel Joseph. The board is attempting to have his license revoked charging him with misconduct and misdiagnosis of a dog. The board will hold a disciplinary hearing in November.