by Nick Delgado
Guam - CNMI governor Benigno Fitial introduced a resolution at the 14th Micronesian Chief Executives' Summit that requests the Guam Legislature to table its proposed liquid fuel tax measure. Bill 429 seeks to eliminate the current exemption from the liquid fuel tax for fuel transferred to a point outside of Guam.
The chief executives' also noted that while the bill is intended to raise revenue to support any harmful incidents that may occur, there is already safeguards that exist under the U.S. Oil Pollution Act of 1990. The region's leaders today unanimously approved the CNMI governor's resolution.
Guam governor Felix Camacho however recused himself from the discussion and voting process to eliminate any forms of impropriety and conflict in the event the bill is passed and sent to his office for action.