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AG finds Guam First Commission inorganic

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by Mindy Aguon

Guam - The public law that created the Guam First Commission has been deemed inorganic. The Attorney General's Office issued an opinion that was requested by former governor Felix Camacho on the legality of the very commission he refused to convene.  Governor Eddie Calvo has said he intends to implement the law and has moved forward with accepting nominations for the Commission. 

The AG's Office particularly took issue with the four legislative appointees to the commission. The opinion stating those appointments infringe upon the executive powers of the governor, thus making the law establishing the commission altogether inorganic because it violates the separation of powers doctrine mandated by the Organic Act.

Governor's Chief Legal Counsel James L. Canto also wrote of the situation, "We e-mailed the opinion to Governor Calvo today. He will be reviewing it. I am also reviewing it. It would be premature to comment on the matter further before the lengthy opinion is reviewed in full."

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