by Mindy Aguon
Guam - Acting Speaker B.J. Cruz says the Attorney General's opinion that found the law that created the Guam First Commission inorganic wasn't necessary. While he believes the opinion was well researched, Cruz questions why it was issued when it was requested over a year ago by the former governor.
The Guam Legislature meanwhile is working on a response to the Calvo Administration's legal counsel, James Canto, who is seeking a collaborative review of the law to determine how the commission can still be convened. He said, "The import should be that one, the Legislature should not be legislating themselves onto boards and two, that we should give the governor a little more leeway than say you get one person from this organization and one person from that organization. It should be a little broader maybe three to five."
The acting speaker says some proposals have already been identified and legislation is being drafted to make the Commission more permissive than mandatory.