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Issues raised about Open Government Law

by Michele Catahay

Guam - Just recently, a couple of Guam Education Policy Board meetings did not meet requirements of the Open Government Law. By law meetings must be announced five working days before the actual meeting. With concerns on whether other boards are meeting these requirements, Speaker Judi Won Pat says it's an issue she's willing to look into.

"If the requirement is to have a paid ad, and then definitely we need to look at that because that is an open government law for everybody including the Legislature because we have public hearings and we send out notices and there's that fine line that is it very clear that it's supposed to be a paid ad, or is it maybe a notice to be sent to all the printed media or electronic media?" she said.

Last week, Assistant Attorney General David Highsmith said a December 7, the GEPB meeting did not meet the Open Government Law. During that meeting, a vote was made to reprimand the superintendent. Since those requirements were not made, the meeting along with the vote were considered null and void.

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